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John Elsworth, PhD

Lecturer in Psychiatry

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John Elsworth, PhD


Dysfunction of brain dopamine neurons is critically involved in the pathology of several neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Dr Elsworth’s research encompasses the “development, dysfunction, and demise” of dopamine neurons. The goal is to understand the mechanisms underlying the particular susceptibility of midbrain dopamine neurons to damage, and devising strategies for protecting, repairing or replacing these cells. As the population of midbrain dopamine neurons exhibits a profound loss during aging, they provide a model system for studying aging mechanisms and repair in other CNS neuronal populations.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of London (1980)


  • Monash University, Melbourne
    Australia 2010
    Bioenergetics and dopamine neuron function with Dr Zane Andrews
  • St Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation
    Saint Kitts and Nevis 1985
    An AAALAC accredited facility for study of non-human primates in a source country.

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