Dr Simon Cork is a neurophysiologist with a specialist interest in the autonomic nervous system and neural pathways underlying homeostatic processes, particularly appetite regulation.
He completed his PhD at the University of Durham examining the neurochemical changes which underpin increased sympathetic nerve activity in hypertension and pregnancy. He then undertook postdoctoral research at both University College London and Imperial College London investigating the neural regulation of appetite, in particular focusing on the central GLP-1 system, the role of the vagus nerve in gut-brain communication and the development of novel neural recording technology for use in closed-loop neural implants.
As a teaching fellow in Medical Education, Dr Cork is involved in various teaching activities across the medical and bioscience courses. He teaches several aspects of neuroscience and is module lead for problem-based learning targeted to Stage 1 medical students on the Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP).
Dr Cork has also appeared on various media platforms, including The Jeremy Vine Show (BBC Radio 2), The Today Programme (BBC Radio 4), Sky News, BBC News and ITV News and has been quoted in various newspapers including The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times on stories predominately related to obesity.
He holds an honorary lectureship at Imperial College London and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.