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Roger Lemon

Roger Lemon

Professor Roger Lemon FMedSci FRS


Elected: 2021




Roger Lemon is Emeritus Sobell Professor of Neurophysiology at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology at UCL. He is a Fellow and past Council Member of the Academy of Medical Science, and International Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2015 he won the Fyssen Prize.

His research into the control of the hand by the brain is prompted by the need to understand why skilled hand movements are particularly affected by damage to the cortex and its major descending pathways, by stroke, spinal injury or motor neurone disease. His research involves purpose-bred non-human primates, since these provide the best available model for the human brain systems controlling the hand.

He has also carried out parallel studies in human volunteers and has applied knowledge gained from his work to understand recovery of hand function in patients and to investigate therapies that might enhance recovery. He is engaged in the public dialogue on the responsible use of animals in biomedical research, and particularly the importance of using non-human primates as models of complex neurological and neurodegenerative disease.

Professional positions

Sobell Chair of Neurophysiology, Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London (UCL)

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Animal (especially mammalian) and human physiology and anatomy (non-clinical), Behavioural neuroscience, Physiology and medicine (non-clinical)


Hand, Cortex, Corticospinal

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