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Biba Stanton

Dr Biba Stanton BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons), MRCP (Neurol), PhD

Visiting Senior Lecturer

  • Consultant Neurologist


Dr Biba Stanton is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at King's College London, teaching on the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry and on medical undergraduates' courses.

Dr Stanton is the clinical lead for neurology at King's College Hospital. She specialises in functional neurological disorder (FND), as well as behavioural symptoms in neurological disease. She runs a specialist clinic for FND at King’s College Hospital and contributes to the Maudsley neuropsychiatry service. She leads the FND workstream at King’s Health Partners Neurosciences. She has a particular interest in developing care pathways for FND and complex somatic symptoms.

She graduated from Newcastle. University with honours and distinction in 2000. Her postgraduate training took place at the Maudsley Hospital, King's College Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She has a PhD in psychology from King's College London, having undertaken neuropsychology and functional imaging research into apathy in neurodegenerative disorders.


BMedSci (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne ), 1997

MBBS (University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne), 2000

MRCP (Neurol) (Royal College of Physicians), 2004

PhD (Psychology) (King’s College London), 2009

Research Interests

Dr Stanton's main interest is in clinical studies of functional neurological disorders.  She has been the Principal Investigator at KCH for the Physio4FMD (a randomised trial of physiotherapy for functional motor disorder).  She is a co-investigator for TONICS (a randomised trial of transcranial magnetic stimulation for functional weakness) and the Seizure Signatures Study (an observational study of electrophysiological, cognitive and psychiatric signatures of epileptic and dissociative seizures). 

Research Groups

Neuropsychiatry Research & Education Group (NREG)


Dr Stanton provides some teaching on MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry as well as to medical undergraduates.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Dr Stanton is the Honorary Secretary Elect of the Association of British Neurologists.  She is a chair of the NICE Appeal Panel and sits on the NHS England National IFR Panel.  She is a member of the FND Hope Medical Expert Committee, providing clinical support to this patient organisation. 

Key Publications

Ferrier IN, Stanton BR, Kelly TP, Scott J. Neuropsychological function in euthymic patients with bipolar disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry 1999, 175: 246-251.

Stanton BR. Does family functioning affect outcome in children with neurological disorders? Pediatric Rehabilitation 1999, 3: 193-199.

Scott J, Stanton B, Garland A, Ferrier IN. Cognitive vulnerability in patients with bipolar disorder. Psychological Medicine 2000, 30: 467-472.

Stanton B, David AS. First-person accounts of delusions. Psychiatric Bulletin 2000, 24: 333-336.

Stanton BR, David AS, Cleare AJ, Sierra M, Lambert MV, Phillips ML, Porter RJ, Gallagher P, Young AH.. Basal activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in patients with depersonalisation disorder. Psychiatry Research 2001, 104: 85-89

Harvey SB, Stanton BR, David AS. Conversion disorder: towards a neurobiological understanding. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 2006, 2: 13-20

Stanton BR, Barnes F, Silber E. Sleep and fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis. Mult Scler, 2006, 12: 481-6

Stanton BR, Johnston CA, Turner MR, Gray R, Blunt AH, Butt D, Ampong M, Shaw CE, Leigh PN, Al Chalabi A. ALS in an urban setting: a population-based study of inner city London. J. Neurol 2006, 253: 1642-1643

Stanton BR, Williams V, Leigh PN, Williams SCR, Blain CRV, Jarosz JM, Simmons AS. Altered cortical activation during a motor task in ALS: Evidence for involvement of central pathways. J. Neurol 2007, 254: 1260-7.

Abhinav K, Stanton BR, Johnston C, Hardstaff J, Orrell RW, Howard R, Clarke J, Sakel M, Ampong M, Shaw CE, Leigh PN, Al Chalabi A. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in South-East England: a population based study. Neuroepidemiology 2007, 29: 44-48.

Blain CRV, Williams VC, Johnston C, Stanton BR, Ganesalingham J, Jarosz JM, Jones DK, Barker GJ, Williams SCR, Leigh PN, Simmons A. A longitudinal study of diffusion tensor MRI in ALS. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 2007, 8: 348-55.

Stanton BR, Williams VC, Leigh PN, Williams SC, Blain CRV, Giampietro V, Simmons A. Cortical activation during motor imagery is reduced in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Brain Research 2007 1172: 145-151.

Scott KM, Abhinav K, Stanton BR, Johnston C, Turner MR, Ampong MA, Sakel M, Orrell RW, Howard R, Shaw CE, Leigh PN, Al-Chalabi A. Geographical clustering of ALS Neuroepidemiology. 2009 32:81-8.

Stanton BR, Shinhmar D, Turner MR, Williams VC, Williams SCR, Blain CRV, Giampietro V, Catani MC, Leigh PN, Andersen PM, Simmons A. Diffusion tensor imaging in sporadic and familial (D90A SOD1) forms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Archives of Neurology 2009 66: 109-115.

Manjaly ZR, Scott KM, Abhinav K, Wijesekera L, Ganesalingam J, Goldstein LH, Janssen A, Dougherty A, Willey E, Stanton BR, Turner MR, Ampong MA, Sakel M, Orrell RW, Howard R, Shaw CE, Leigh PN, Al-Chalabi A. The sex ratio in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a population based study. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. 2010 11: 439-42

Scott KM, Abhinav K, Wijesekera L, Ganesalingam J, Goldstein LH, Janssen A, Dougherty A, Willey E, Stanton BR, Turner MR, Ampong MA, Sakel M, Orrell R, Howard R, Shaw CE, Nigel Leigh P, Al-Chalabi A. The association between ALS and population density: a population based study. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. 2010 11: 435-8

Blain CRV, Brunton K, Williams VC, Leemans A, Turner MR, Andersen PM, Catani M, Stanton BR, Ganesalingham J, Jones DK, Williams SCR, Leigh PN, Simmons A. Differential corticospinal tract degeneration in homozygous ‘D90A’ SOD-1 ALS and sporadic ALS. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 2011 82: 843-9

Stanton BR, Leigh PN, Howard RJ, Barker GJ, Brown RG. Behavioural and emotional symptoms of apathy are associated with distinct patterns of brain atrophy in neurodegenerative disorders. Journal of Neurology 2013 260: 2481-90.

Stanton BR, Carson A. Apathy: a practical guide for neurologists. Pract Neurol 2016 16: 42-26

Samra K, Rogers J, Mahdi-Rogers M, Stanton B. Catatonia with GABAA receptor antibodies. Pract Neurol. 2019. E published ahead of print

Pick S, Hodsoll J, Stanton B, et al. Trial Of Neurostimulation In Conversion
Symptoms (TONICS): a feasibility randomised controlled trial of transcranial magnetic stimulation for functional limb weakness. BMJ Open 2020 10(10)

Dent B, Stanton BR, Kanaan RA Psychiatrists’ Understanding and Management of Conversion Disorder: A Bi-National Survey and Comparison with Neurologists Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 2020:16 1965–1974

Coebergh JA, Stanton BR. The neurological examination in neuropsychiatry Oxford Textbook of Neuropsychiatry (Ed. Agrawal A, Faruqui R, Bodani M), Oxford University Press, 2020: 23-34

Mehta PR, Apap Mangion S, Benger M, Stanton BR, Czuprynska J, Arya R, Sztriha LK. Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and thrombocytopenia after COVID-19 vaccination - A report of two UK cases. Brain Behav Immun. 2021 95:514-517.

Butler M, Scott F, Stanton B, Rogers J. Psychiatrists should investigate their patients less. BJPsych Bull. 2021 Dec 3:1-4

King-Robson J, Hampton T, Rosadas C, Taylor P, Stanton BR. HTLV-1 Encephalitis. Pract Neurol 2022 22(1): 60-63

Hoeritzauer I, Stanton B, Carson A, Stone J 'Scan-negative' cauda equina syndrome: what to do when there is no neurosurgical cause. Pract Neurol. 2022: 22 (1): 6-13

Gonzalez-Herrero B, Morgante F, Pagonabarraga J, Stanton B, Edwards MJ. Autism spectrum disorder may be highly prevalence in people with functional neurological disorders. Journal of Clinical Medicine 2023 12 (1)

Hosseini P, Whincup R, Devan K, Ghanem D, Fanshawe J, Saini A, Cross B, Vijay A, Mastellari T, Vivekananda U, White S, Brunnhuber F, Zandi M, David AS, Carter B, Oliver D, Lewis G, Fry C, Mehat P, Stanton B, Rogers JP. The role of EEG in determining the aetiology of catatonia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of diagnostic test accuracy. EClinicalMedicine 2023 56: 1-15

McLoughlin C, Hoeritzauer I, Cabreira V, et al Functional neurological disorder is a feminist issue Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry Published Online First: 28 March 2023. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2022-330192