Chris Shaw, King’s College, London, UK
Christopher Shaw is Professor of Neurology and Neurogenetics at King’s College London. He is Head of the Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, Director of the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neurosciences Institute and runs a clinic for people with motor neuron disorders at King’s College Hospital. His clinical training was conducted in New Zealand and in 1992 he came to Cambridge, UK on a Wellcome Trust Fellowship. Over the past 20 years his team have created one of the worlds largest Biobanks of DNA samples, lymphoblast cell lines and post mortem tissues from patients with ALS. This has underpinned his research exploring the genetics, molecular and cellular pathobiology of ALS and FTD, including the discovery of mutations in the genes encoding two RNA processing proteins, TDP-43 and FUS.