Professor Brown is the author of around 200 publications and specialises in research on neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease and Prion diseases such CJD.

Originally from Sydney, Australia where he did his PhD on nerve regeneration, Professor Brown worked in the US, Germany and Cambridge. He joined the University of Bath in 2001 as a lecture on a senior fellowship from the BBSRC, became reader in 2004 and Professor of Biochemistry in 2005.

The Fellowship is acknowledgement of his contribution to research on neurodegenerative diseases such as BSE, CJD and Parkinson's disease. He was a member of the UK Government committee SEAC (Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee) that advised on CJD and BSE.

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Professor Brown said: "I am pleased at the recognition the Fellowship award implies. I think it is important that successful people in the field of biological sciences receive more attention as this shows young researchers that their efforts will be recognised if they are successful."