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Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Professor Leone Ridsdale

Leone Risdale

Job title

Professor of Neurology & General Practice


Basic & Clinical Neuroscience

Date started at King’s


Challenges and achievements

Leone Ridsdale was a university lecturer in economics before studying medicine at McMaster University. She qualified as a neurologist in Montreal, and as a GP in the UK.

She set up the 1st successful MSc in General Practice at Guy's & St Thomas' Medical School, and subsequently became Director of Neurology Undergraduate Teaching at King's College.

She was awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship to describe teaching methods in Neurology, and research linking General Practice and Neurology in North America and the Antipodes.

Recognizing her work in cross-cutting teaching and research, KCL created the first chair in Neurology & General Practice.

Her research interest is in developing and testing complex interventions designed to improve services and self-care for people with long-term neurological conditions. With funds from MRC, Wellcome Trust and NIHR she has led two cohort studies, and eight RCTs for people with fatigue, headache and epilepsy.

She is currently Chief Investigator in two NIHR trials. One is of a CBT approach for people with migraine, and the second is self-management education for people with epilepsy. She is collaborating on an ERC study, her theme being the use of social media in self-presentation by people with headache and epilepsy.

Leone adopted two children from overseas, who are now young adults.


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