Professor Peter Jenner

Professor Peter Jenner


Professor Peter Jenner HonFBPhS


King's College London

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It was only when Peter Jenner entered university to study pharmacy at Chelsea College that he found academic life interesting. His introduction to medicinal chemistry and pharmacology through inspirational teaching shaped his career. He first trained in drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics studying the metabolic fate of tobacco alkaloids and amphetamine derivatives in man. However, an appointment in the University Department of Neurology, Institute of Psychiatry as a pupil of Professor David Marsden was the turning point in his career as he became fascinated by movement disorders and worked on the cause, treatment and potential cure of Parkinson’s disease over several decades using a translational neuroscience approach. He became Professor of Pharmacology and Head of the Division of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at King’s College London. Leading an internationally recognized research team, he has published prolifically and spoken at international meetings on a global basis and worked closely with the pharmaceutical industry.