John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair

School of Clinical Medicine



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James Rowe

Reader in Cognitive Neurology (Department of Neurology)

Research Interests

In the Rowe lab, we bring together cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging to understand and improve treatments for neurodegenerative disease. This ‘systems level’ approach attempts to bridge the gap between genetics/cell-biology and the complex disease syndromes affecting patients.  By focusing on the anatomical and functional brain networks underlying ‘core’ cognitive and motor systems, we are developing better ways to understand and treat the behavioral problems caused by dementia, Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. We combine structural and functional MRI, MEG, TMS and psycho-pharmacology with cognitive models of health, ageing and disease.  The program of research includes clinical and pre-clinical research at the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, and the Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, with natural history studies, new biomarkers and novel therapies advanced through the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia.

James Rowe remains an active consultant neurologist, leading regional specialist clinics for patients with early dementia, frontotemporal dementia, progressive supranuclear palsy and other ‘tauopathies’, and a member of the Cambridge Memory Clinic.



Group Personnel

Ms Kate Dawson – Research Nurse

Dr Ian Gilchrist – Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Timothy Ham  – Clinical Research Fellow

Ms Tara Hayden – secretary

Dr Laura Hughes – post doctoral scientist

Mr Simon Jones  – post doctoral scientist

Dr Cristina Nombela-Otero – post doctoral scientist

Dr Karalyn Patterson – Senior Scientist

Ms Charlotte Rae – MRC PhD Student

Dr Timothy Rittman – Clinical Research Fellow

Ms Julie Wiggins – Research Nurse

Mr Noham Wolpe – Gates Scholar PhD student

Dr Zheng Ye – post doctoral scientist





Professor Roger Barker (Systems and Restorative Neurology)

Professor Trevor Robbins (BCNI, Experimental Psychology)

Professor Peter Hyslop (Neurology, CIMR)

Professor John O’Brien (Psychiatry)

Professor L Tyler (Experimental Psychology, Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience)

Dr Andrew Calder (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)

Dr Michael Anderson (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit)

Professor Giite Knudsen (CIMBI)

Professor Hartwig Siebner (Danish Research Centre for MR)


NHS clinics:

1. Early dementia clinic, frontotemporal dementia (Picks disease, semantic dementia, primary progressive aphasia)

2. Disorders of Movement and Cognition, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Corticobasal degeneration

3. Cambridge Memory Clinic

For information, referral and training opportunities contact


See also my collaborations at:

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience

Cambridge NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Dementia

Centre for Integrated molecular Brain imaging

The Genetic Frontotemporal dementia Initiative




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