Gavin Giovannoni is an academic neurologist based at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University London. His current research is focused on Epstein Barr virus as a possible cause of multiple sclerosis, MS-related neurodegeneration, biomarker discovery & validation, and MS clinical outcomes. Gavin is also an avid reader, blogger, runner, gardener, husband, father, dog-owner, cook and wine & food lover.
Gavin was appointed to the Chair of Neurology, Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London and the Department of Neurology, Barts and The London NHS Trust in November 2006. Two years later, he took over as the Neuroscience and Trauma Centre Lead in the Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science. He completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he graduated cum laude, winning prizes for best graduate in medicine and surgery. Dr Giovannoni moved to the Institute of Neurology, University College London, Queen Square, London after completing his specialist training in South Africa. After 3 years as a clinical research fellow, under Professor Ed Thompson, and then 2 years as the Scarfe Lecturer, working for Professor W. Ian McDonald, he was awarded a PhD in immunology from the University of London. He was appointed as a Clinical Senior Lecturer, Royal Free and University College Medical School, and moved back to the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. His clinical interests are multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system. He is particularly interested in clinical issues to optimizing MS disease-modifying therapies.