Professor Karen Morrison is Associate Dean for Education and Student Experience, and Director of Education, Professor of Neurology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. She is also an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at University Hospital Southampton, where she runs MND clinics in the Wessex Neurology Centre.
Karen graduated in Medicine from the University of Cambridge (1983, BA, 1986 MA) and University of Oxford (1986, BMBCh). Following postdoctoral research in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University USA, she returned to Oxford supported by MRC and Wellcome Trust Fellowships, undertaking research into inherited disorders of motor nerves. She was appointed Medical Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and completed her clinical training in neurology at the Radcliffe Infirmary, where she was appointed Honorary Consultant Neurologist in 1998. In 1999 she took up the post of Bloomer Professor of Neurology at the University of Birmingham, combining research into molecular genetic mechanisms in neurodegenerative disease with neurology/neuroscience teaching and overview and strategic development of the undergraduate MBChB final year. As a clinical neurologist she co-directed the Birmingham Motor Neurone Disease Care and Research Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and also led the first national service for adults with Wolfram Syndrome.
She has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, mainly on clinical and molecular genetic aspects of neurodegenerative disease. Her laboratory research has investigated molecular mechanisms in Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s disease, underpinned by establishing large DNA banks linked to clinical and epidemiological data. She serves on several national and international panels advising on clinical and research aspects of neurodegeneration.
Karen moved to the University of Southampton in 2016, to lead the education programmes within the Faculty of Medicine. Current key roles include ensuring that all Faculty programmes are up-to-date, relevant and responsive so that graduates are equipped with the clinical, academic and professional skills to ensure successful careers in medicine and research as lifelong learners.