Our Team

Our clinical research team specialises in epilepsy, MS, Parkinson’s and Dementia.  Please find out more about our experts below.  Their research will enable us to deliver clinical trials which will lead to better diagnosis and treatment for patients in Yorkshire and beyond.


Melissa MacGuireDr Melissa Maguire, Consultant Neurologist Epilepsy

Dr Melissa Maguire trained in Neurology at the Walton Centre, Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation trust and James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough. She achieved a medical doctorate in epilepsy therapeutics at the University of Liverpool in 2010.

She was appointed to her Consultant post at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in 2011. Dr Maguire is part of the multi disciplinary Epilepsy Team at Leeds and is also involved in the adult Epilepsy Surgery programme. She is a member of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) expert panel for epilepsy.

She has an active research interest in Epilepsy therapeutics and collaborates on a number of national epilepsy clinical trials together with her Epilepsy Research Nurse. She is a reviewer for the Cochrane Epilepsy Group, Clinical Evidence online and has published numerous papers on therapeutics in epilepsy. Her current interest is in the association between music and epilepsy.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys mountain trekking, pilates and music (particularly Mozart) and plays piano, double bass and bass guitar.


Helen FordDr Helen Ford, Consultant Neurologist, MS

Helen Ford is a consultant neurologist with a special interest in multiple sclerosis. Helen leads a multidisciplinary MS team based at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The team provide a local service for people with MS in Leeds and a tertiary MS Treatment Programme for West Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire. Helen is also the joint lead of the Leeds Headache Service. Helen is the West Yorkshire regional specialty lead for Nervous System Disorders for the UK Clinical Research Network. In September 2013 she was appointed as the Clinical Lead for the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Clinical Network for acute and chronic neurological conditions. Helen was Clinical Director of Neurology in Leeds from 2006 to 2011.

Helen’s research interests are in the epidemiology of MS, the development of patient reported outcome measures in MS and health needs assessment. She has developed a neurology research team in Leeds with three neurology research nurses and two clinical trial assistants. Recently the team have been awarded funding by the MS Society for a project grant to explore the psychological determinants of job retention in MS.   


Jane AltyDr Jane Alty Consultant Neurologist, Parkinsons

Dr Jane Alty qualified from Cambridge University Medical School and trained in neurology at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery London and St James’s University Hospital Leeds before commencing the Specialist Registrar neurology training scheme in West Yorkshire.

She has specialist interests in movement disorders, neuroimaging and dementia and has undertaken a Movement Disorders Fellowship in Melbourne, Australia. She has published papers on Parkinson’s disease, cognitive impairment and tremor, co-authored three books on ultrasound imaging and is writing an MD thesis evaluating how abnormal movements in Parkinson’s disease may be more accurately measured using modern technology.

She was appointed Consultant Neurologist at Leeds General Infirmary and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds in April 2013 and is currently collaborating with the University of York, University California San Francisco, and Monash Medical Centre Melbourne on a number of research studies. 

Professor Peter Selby Professor Peter Selby

Professor Peter Selby wrote the strategic business case to launch the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre Appeal.  Professor Selby has spent over 20 years leading oncology services at Leeds and has built tremendous research and clinical trials capabilities within the field of cancer.  Professor Selby is a welcome mentor to the Yorkshire Brain Research Centre.