Dr Timothy Harrower

Chief and principle investigator

BSc (Med Hon), MB ChB, FRCP, PhD

Dr Timothy Harrower gained his medical degree at the University of Cape Town having graduated gained an intercalated B.Sc. in medical Biochemistry and human physiology (cum laude). During training on the medical rotation in Cambridge membership of the Royal of College of Physicians was acquired and specialist neurology training completed. Having being awarded a Welcome Trust Clinical Research Grant he undertook research into neural stem cell biology and the mechanisms of neural transplant rejection at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair (University of Cambridge) where he read for a PhD in neuroscience. In addition, he was involved in managing all the patients with Huntington’s Disease who had received neural transplants on the NEST neural transplant program.

In 2007 he was appointed Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and as a visiting neurologist at North Devon District Hospital. For 12 years he was clinical lead for the Mardon Regional Neuro-rehabilitation Unit.

A very active clinical program of clinics in general neurology is complemented by setting up and running the Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, Motor Neuron Disease and Botulinum Toxin service.

Teaching at all levels from patients, scholars, students, nurses, trainees and peers is embedded in daily activities and has been recognised by being awarded a teaching excellence award and recognition by the University of Exeter Medical where he holds a Senior Clinical Lecturership post.

He is currently the chief investigator and principle investigator currently on a large number of clinical trial projects with an extensive portfolio of academic and commercial studies in progress, set up, completed and published. Areas of research in his portfolio include Motor Neuron Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cervical Dystonia, Huntington’s Disease, Limbic encephalitis, Idiopathic Intracranial hypertension and Tourette Syndrome. Trails underway include phase 1 through to post marketing and observational registry based studies.

Outside interests include trying to keep up with his teenage sons on the tennis court, training to maintain a reasonable bowling average for the Hospital cricket team, and ensuring he gets arthritis by running all manner running race or challenge. But the new found skill of gardening in Devon provides balm for his soul and distracts from the more challenging aspects of modern NHS clinical service provision.