Meet the team

Professor Chris Kipps and the research team are based across the University Hospital Southampton and University of Southampton. Working together, the team bring a range of specialist skills and experience to enhance the study of neurological conditions from both clinical, technological and caring perspectives.

The team are funded by a number of key research bodies and findings are shared regularly through academic papers. System working provides connections to local and national collaborators linking research to policy and practice. Established links to patient and public groups provides valuable steer and feedback.

Key themes

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Professor Chris Kipps

Role: Consultant Neurologist

Chris is a Consultant Neurologist with subspecialty interest in behavioural neurology and cognitive disorders, and Professor of Clinical Neurology and Dementia at University Hospital Southampton and the University of Southampton. He leads the Cognitive Disorders service at the Wessex Neurological Centre.

Chris is Clinical Director for Research and Development at...

Dr John Spreadbury

Role: Senior Research Fellow

John is a senior research fellow within the NIHR ARC Wessex, Ageing and Dementia Theme, based in the Faculty of Medicine at University Hospital Southampton.

John’s research interests include digital health technology in the context of long-term neurological conditions and neurodegenerative diseases, young-onset dementia care and psychosocial experiences, and psychosocial measurement...

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Dr Sarah Fearn

Role: Senior Research Fellow

Sarah joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton as a Senior Research Fellow in 2016 and has extensive experience carrying out research into care for people with long-term neurological conditions.

Sarah’s research often focuses on the patient perspective and she is keen to increase the participation of...

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Dr Angus Prosser

Role: Senior Research Fellow

Angus is a Senior Research Fellow within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton and Innovation Project Manager for the Southampton Emerging Therapies and Technologies (SETT) Centre.

Angus’s research interests include the optimisation of neuroimaging and other biomarkers to improve diagnosis and prognosis for those living with dementia...

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Dr Sofia Michopoulou

Role: Medical Physics Expert

Sofia is a medical physics expert (MPE) for nuclear medicine and an NIHR clinical lecturer. She supports the nuclear medicine, SPECT/CT and PET/CT services at UHS and leads the introduction of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.

Sofia teaches medical imaging at BSc and MSc level at the University of Southampton...

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Dr Dave Evenden

Role: Visiting Research Fellow

Dave is a visiting research fellow at the University of Southampton. Previously Dave was a Chartered Engineer in contract R&D, working with high-tech communications systems and medical electronics for over 30 years. Embarking on a career change, he completed his PhD ‘Modelling the Future of Dementia Care in Wessex’ in 2018.

Working with colleagues, Dave is...

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Dr Rachel Chappell

Role: Southampton Emerging Therapies and Technology (SETT) Center Manager

Following a PhD in chemistry Rachel worked in the IT industry for 10 years before joining the NHS where she has now spent 20 years working across many areas.

From 2015 Rachel spent 6 years with the NHS England Clinical Network promoting quality improvement in the dementia care pathway across...

Dr Patricia Fuller

Role: Research Fellow

Patricia is a Research Fellow within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

She is currently working on the Optimising Outpatients project. This project is using interview and focus group data from our research group together with survey data from the Neurological Alliance and Association of British Neurologists...