David Brooks


Profile photoDavid Brooks
Institut for Klinisk Medicin - Nuklearmedicin og PET
Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 165
Cross point J119-149
Aarhus N
E-mail: dbrooks@clin.au.dk
Phone: +44 7379 544 322


My research involves the use of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to help diagnose and study the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and detect preclinical and prodromal cases. I am also interested in the role of inflammation in neurodegenerative disorders and the validation of imaging biomarkers for use in therapeutic trials.


1998DSc (Medicine), University of London, UK
1986MD, London University, UK
1979MB BS University College Hospital Medical School, London, UK
1972BA (Hons) Chemistry, 1st Class Oxford University, UK


2013 - presentProfessor of Neurology, Dept of Nuclear Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark
2015- presentProfessor of Neurology and PET Clinical Science, Newcastle University Translational and Clinical Research Institute (NUTCRI), UK
1993 - 2015Hartnett Professor of Neurology, Imperial College London, UK

Short Bibliographic Overview

Total number of peer-reviewed publications: 653 (Scopus)
Number of first authorships: 1 (2015-2020, Scopus)
Number of corresponding authorships: 7 (2015 - 2020, Scopus)
Number of citations: 71,287 (incl. self-citations, Scopus and SciVal)
H-index: 136 (Scopus and Scival 2015 - 2020)

Editorial Boards

2020 - presentCurrent Neuropharmacology (UK editor)
2015 - 2020Molecular Imaging and Biology (Associate Editor)
2012 - 2020Synapse, NPJ Parkinson's disease, Journal of Neuroimaging, Journal of Parkinson's disease, Brain (Associate Editor)

Membership of UK Comittees

2016 - presentAlzheimer Research UK Grants Research Board
2013 - 2018Alzheimer UK Biomedical Advisory Board
2005 - 2008MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board
2000 - 2003Wellcome Trust Neuroscience Panel
1996 - 1997Chairman of Parkinson's UK Research Advisory Panel
1995 - 2005Parkinson's UK Research Advisory Panel

International Committees

2020JJND 2020 Panel Member: Novel imaging and brain stimulation methods and technologies related to Neurodegenerative Diseases
2017 - 2020Chairing the ERC Neuroscience Panel (Advanced)
2016 - presentSingapore NMRC International Advisory Board
2007 - 2010German Dementia Kompetenz Network
2004 - 2007German Parkinson Kompetenz Network
2002 - 2006Scientific AB, Michael J. Fox Foundation
1993 - 1997Director of International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism


2018Fellow European Academy of Neurology
2001Fellow American Neurology Association
2001Fellow Academy of Medical Sciences UK (FMedSci)
1993Fellow Royal College of Physicians, UK
1982Member of Royal College of Physicians, UK

Recent Funding

2022 - 2022Parkinsonforeningen: Can high-intensity aerobic exercice increase brain synaptic SV2A protein density in Parkinson disease patients? A PET-MRI study DKK 100,000
2022 - 2025Vilhelm Pedersen og Hustrus Mindelegat: Can high-intensity arerobic exercise increase brain synaptic SV2A protein density in Parkinson disease patients? A PET MRI study DKK 2.8m
2018 - 2022EU Horizon 2020: AD Detect Prevent (with Oxford and Nottingham Universities and Brain+) DKK 2.2m
2017 - 2020Danish Council for Independent Research: Noradrenergic dysfunction and slowing of cortical oscillatory activity in Parkinson's disease patients with mild cognitive impairment DKK 3m
2017 - 2020Lundbeck Foundation: Imaging synaptic dysfunction in a rodent model of Parkinson's disease based on toxin-induced glucocerebrosidase A deficiency DKK 1.6m
2018 - 2020Eurostars/Danish Innovation Fund: Alzheimer Shield (with Karolinska Institute and Brain+ DKK 641,000

Medal Lectures / Awards

October 2017Ramon Y Cajal Award, Spanish Academy of Medicine, Madrid, Spain
2016Danish Alzheimer Association Award, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005Kuhl Lassen Award, Society of Nuclear Medicine, Toronto, Canada
March 2004Charles E Wilson Lecture, The Psychobiology Institute, Jerusalem, Israel
2003Cotzias Lecture, Spanish Society of Neurology, Barcelona, Spain
November 2002Stanley Fahn Lecture, 7th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Miami, USA