He was appointed Professor of Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and succeeded Professor Michael Harrison as Director of the Reta Lila Weston Institute for Neurological Studies at UCL in 1998. He is also a Director of the Queen Square Brain Bank for Neurological Disorders and Sara Koe PSP Research Centre.
He is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Panel of the PSP Association and an advisor to the UK Medical Research Council.
He has achieved international recognition for his work on Parkinsonís disease and abnormal movement disorders and was elected President of the International Movement Disorder Society (2004-2006). In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Movement Disorders Research Award by the American Academy of Neurology which recognises an individual for outstanding work in the field of Parkinsonís disease or other movement disorders for either a single outstanding contribution or for lifetime achievement. The following year he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and received a NIHR Senior Investigators Award in 2008. In 2010 he was elected an overseas member of the Academia Nacional de Medicina Brazil, one of only four UK clinical scientists to be awarded this honour.
In 2007 he delivered the Gowers Memorial Lecture at the National Hospital and in 2010 he delivered the Melvin Yahr Memorial Lecture at Mount Sinai Hospital New York and the inaugural Lord Brain Memorial Lecture at Barts and the Royal London Hospitals.
Professor Lees is an original member of the Highly Cited Researchers ISI Database. He is Visiting Professor to both the University of Liverpool and the Universidade Federal de Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil.
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