John  Douglas  Pickard, MD
John Pickard was born in Yorkshire, England on March 21, 1946. He was an undergraduate at St Catharines College, Cambridge {Physiology and Biophysics] and Kings College Hospital, London. He moved to Glasgow in 1972 where he was trained both clinically and academically by mentors who included Professors Bryan Jennett, Murray Harper, Douglas Miller and Graham Teasdale and Messrs Paterson and Hide. He spent an invaluable period as Research Fellow to Dr Tom Langfitt at the University of Pennsylvania (1974-5). He became the first academic neurosurgeon to the Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton in 1979 sharing the neurosurgical service for a 2.5 million population with Messrs Brice and Garfield. He was appointed to a personal Chair (Professor of Clinical Neurological Sciences) in 1987 in the University of Southampton and moved to become the first Professor of Neurosurgery in the University of Cambridge at Addenbrookes Hospital in 1991.

In collaboration with colleagues, he established and is now Chairman and Clinical Director of the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre which integrates state of the art MR, PET scanning and multimodality bedside monitoring (intracranial pressure, intracerebral microdialysis and brain tissue oxygen) within the 21 bedded neurosciences critical care unit at Addenbrookes Hospital [Sick patients cannot go to the scanner; the scanner must come to the patient]. He leads a multidisciplinary team of clinical researchers, physicists, radiochemists, engineers, mathematical modellers and neurochemists, with extensive collaboration with neuropsychology, dedicated to advancing the care of critically ill patients after brain injury from ictus through recovery from coma and rehabilitation to final outcome. His lifelong interest has been in the pathophysiology of acute brain injury and disorders of the cerebrospinal fluid circulation, neuroprotection and repair with relevant diversions into health economics and neuroethics. Through service necessity, his clinical practice has required at various times subspecialisation in complex necks and cerebrovascular surgery but is now focussed on the pituitary, tumours of the IIIrd ventricle and CSF problems.

He has published over 300 papers and has been Editor of British Journal of Neurosurgery and Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Editor of Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. He is President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons and a member/officer of many international societies. He is married to Mary and they have three children, Kathryn, Emily and Adrian.

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