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Academic Biography

Ahmad is a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University and Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University. He has a broad base of expertise in biomedical science and neuroscience and has published and presented extensively in neuropharmacology and neuropathology.

He currently leads the Clinical Pharmacology and Molecular and Cellular Pathology module on Biomedical Science degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

Summary of Research Interests

Ahmad's research mainly involves investigating the molecular and pathological mechanisms behind depression, as well as neurodegerative illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies, using post-mortem brain tissue.

Ahmad previously supervised a National Institute for Health Research-funded laboratory-based PhD project examining the role of the thalamus in visual hallucinations in dementia with Lewy bodies and is currently co-supervisor of a laboratory-based Alzheimer's Society-funded Doctoral Training Centre PhD project, examining the role of the anterior cingulate cortex in depression in dementia with Lewy bodies.

He also has expertise in neuropharmacology, with his PhD focusing on the mechanisms of action of antidepressant drugs in the hippocampus.

Research Projects & External Funding

Co-investigator. 2015–2019. ‘Understanding the basis and interaction of non-cognitive and cognitive symptoms in dementia with Lewy bodies’. Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre Grant. £350,000. Applicants: Thomas AJ, Morris CM, Attems JA, Khundakar AA, Taylor JP, Rochester L, LeBeau F, Blamire A, Galna B, Gallacher P.

External Research Collaborations

Ahmad is part of the Neurodegenerative Pathology Research Group at Newcastle University, led by Professor Johannes Attems.

https://research.ncl.ac.uk/ndprg/

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Ahmad currently leads two modules in Molecular and Cellular Pathology and Clinical Pharmacology on the Biomedical Science undergraduate degree, as well as lecturing on numerous modules within the School of Science, Engineering and Design, Teesside University.

Ahmad also teaches on the NHS Northern Deanery Regional MRCPsych Course for psychiatry trainees.

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Lewy Body Disease Medicine & Life Sciences
Pathology Medicine & Life Sciences
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Medicine & Life Sciences
Dementia Medicine & Life Sciences
Prefrontal Cortex Medicine & Life Sciences
Hallucinations Medicine & Life Sciences
Alzheimer Disease Medicine & Life Sciences
Neuroglia Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2006 2019

Pathological Changes to the Subcortical Visual System and its Relationship to Visual Hallucinations in Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Erskine, D., Taylor, J-P., Thomas, A., Collerton, D., McKeith, I., Khundakar, A., Attems, J. & Morris, C., 6 Feb 2019, In : Neuroscience Bulletin. 35, 2, p. 295-300 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Lewy Body Disease
Hallucinations
Caregivers
Anatomy
3 Citations (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

Doublecortin expression in CD8+ T-cells and microglia at sites of amyloid-β plaques: A potential role in shaping plaque pathology?

Unger, M. S., Marschallinger, J., Kaindl, J., Klein, B., Johnson, M., Khundakar, A., Roßner, S., Heneka, M. T., Couillard-Despres, S., Rockenstein, E., Masliah, E., Attems, J. & Aigner, L., 31 Aug 2018, In : Alzheimer's and Dementia. 14, 8, p. 1022-1037 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Amyloid Plaques
Microglia
Pathology
T-Lymphocytes
Calcium
34 Downloads (Pure)

Molecular changes in the absence of severe pathology in the pulvinar in dementia with Lewy bodies

Erskine, D., Ding, J., Thomas, A. J., Kaganovich, A., Khundakar, A., Hanson, P. S., Taylor, JP., McKeith, I. G., Attems, J., Cookson, M. R. & Morris, C., 23 Mar 2018, In : Movement Disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society. 33, 6, p. 982-991 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Pulvinar
Lewy Body Disease
Pathology
Lewy Bodies
RNA Sequence Analysis
6 Citations (Scopus)
22 Downloads (Pure)

Neuronal Loss and Α-Synuclein Pathology in the Superior Colliculus and Its Relationship to Visual Hallucinations in Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Erskine, D., Thomas, A. J., Taylor, J. P., Savage, M. A., Attems, J., McKeith, I. G., Morris, C. M. & Khundakar, A., 1 Jun 2017, In : American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 25, 6, p. 595-604 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Synucleins
Lewy Body Disease
Superior Colliculi
Hallucinations
Pathology
2 Citations (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

Quantitative neuropathology: an update on automated methodologies and implications for large scale cohorts

Walker, L., McAleese, K. E., Johnson, M., Khundakar, A., Erskine, D., Thomas, A. J., McKeith, I. G. & Attems, J., 30 Jun 2017, In : Journal of Neural Transmission. 124, 6, p. 671-683 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Lewy Body Disease
Synucleins
Pathology
Alzheimer Disease
Amyloid

Press / Media

Alzheimer's conference

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19/03/14

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Newcastle experts to address national dementia meeting

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19/03/14

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Undergraduate bursaries to encourage careers in dementia research

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3/06/14

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Dementia conference features Newcastle academics

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20/03/14

1 item of Media coverage

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