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Dr Catherine Pennington

Dr Catherine Pennington

Dr Catherine Pennington
BSc, MBChB, MD, MRCP, MRCP (Neurology)

Honorary Lecturer

Area of research

Behavioural aspects of cognition and neurodegeneration

School of Clinical Sciences,
University of Bristol, Bristol Brain Centre BS10 5NB
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+44 (0) 117 41 47814


Activities / Findings

I am a consultant in neurology at North Bristol Trust, with a specialist interest in cognitive neurology, and an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Bristol. From 2013 to August 2016 I worked at the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust as a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded Clinical Lecturer in Dementia Neurology. 

I am particularly interested in how personality and behaviour interact with wider aspects of cognition. My research interests include Frontotemporal Dementia, Functional Cognitive Disorder and how personality traits contribute to the development of cognitive impairment. 

 My current work includes investigating the neuropsychological profiles of patients with Functional Cognitive Disorder, and developing new therapies for this condition.

I am also involved in the 'Hippocampal Imaging in Early Alzheimer's Disease' study with Professor Risto Kauppinen and Dr Elizabeth Coulthard. This involves high resolution hippocampal imaging to investigate how the hippocampus is affected by early neurodegeneration. We are also recruiting individuals with early behavioural variant Frontotemporal Dementia for this study.

I provide teaching to undergraduate medical and dental students, supervise BSc and Masters student research projects and am a Postgraduate tutor in the School of Clinical Sciences. 



  • neurodegeneration


  • Dementia

Processes and functions

  • frontotemporal dementia


  • functional disorders



Bristol Medical School (THS)

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