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Biography

Dr Simon Dyall is Senior Lecturer and Programme Convener for the MSc in Clinical Neuroscience. Simon read Biochemistry at Sussex University, followed by a PhD in Neuroscience in the Department of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, Queen Mary University of London, investigating the neuroprotective roles of omega-3 fatty acids. Since this time he has lectured and conducted research at a number of different institutions.

In addition to being an elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL) Simon is a member of numerous scientific societies and professional bodies and has been a reviewer for the BBSRC, MRC, US Army Medical Research, and other funders. He is on the Editorial Board of Lipids in Health and Disease and regularly reviews for many scientific journals. He is also Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma, Queen Mary University of London. In 2013 Simon was awarded the “Best Research Supervisor” in the University of Roehampton Student Led Teaching Awards.

Simon’s Neuroactive Lipids Lab investigates the neuroprotective properties of bioactive lipids, such as omega-3 fatty acids, across the lifespan and after neurotrauma. The studies in development and ageing have looked at a variety of key indices including, glutamatergic system, cannabinoid signalling, retinoid signalling, (neuro)inflammation, oxidative stress and neurogenesis. These studies have helped elucidate some specific mechanisms of action which may underlie their beneficial effects. The work on neurotrauma has investigated spinal cord and peripheral nerve injury, and traumatic brain injury. Important therapeutic effects have been found, and there is considerable potential for translation to the clinic.

Current projects include, exploring the potential of phospholipid precursors in traumatic brain injury, the role of omega-3 fatty acids and lipid mediators in perinatal health, and the therapeutic effects of omega-3 fatty acids on physical ability and cognition in the older adult. 

External positions

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board and Trustee, U.K. Association Human Milk Banks (UKAMB)

Jul 2020 → …

Member of the Board of Directors, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids

1 Jun 202030 May 2023

Scientific Advisory Council, Think Through Nutrition - Institute Food Brain and Behaviour

2019 → …

Editorial Board, Lipids in Health and Disease

2013 → …

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Neuroscience, Surgery and Trauma, Queen Mary, University of London

1 May 201130 Apr 2023

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