Professor Jean Manson OBE, FRSE is Head of the Neurobiology Division of The Roslin Institute and holds a personal chair in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Edinburgh.
Jean is an internationally recognised scientist in prion diseases and has been working in this field for over 27 years. She has been engaged in understanding and preventing the spread of prion diseases in both animals and humans through the development and use of small and large animal models and the study of natural disease. She is now using her research expertise in the prion diseases to address fundamental questions in the wider family of protein misfolding diseases, including dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Jean’s programme of research aims to identifying the key mechanisms that preserve healthy brain function and those that contribute to dysfunction, and she has published widely in mechanistic approaches to degenerative disease.
Jean is a member of government and scientific advisory bodies in UK, Europe and Canada and sits on the Steering Group of the MRC Dementias Platform.