Dr Zubair Ahmed obtained his PhD from University College London in 1999. After post-doctoral training at the Institute of Neurology, he moved to the University of Birmingham in 2002. He received a prestigious RCUK Academic Fellowship in 2007 and established an independent research group within the Neuroscience and Ophthalmology Section centred on Neurotrauma and NeuroRegeneration. Currently, he is the Lead for Neuroscience and Ophthalmology Section within the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, College of Medical and Dental Sciences. His research interests centre upon defining the molecular reasons why CNS neurons fail to regenerate their axons and in particular after traumatic eye, spinal cord and brain injury. He has contributed important observations in the field of regenerative biology, ocular drug delivery and has expounded some of the mechanisms involved in the death of neurons, CNS scarring and how CNS axons are inhibited from regenerating their axons. He is currently translating some of this exciting research into clinical trials.
Within the SRMRC, Zubair is a Lead for the Regenerative Medicine research theme and is PI for a number of major translational projects related to the clinical development of anti-scarring and pro-regenerative technologies. This unique multidisciplinary grouping of academics with civilian and military clinician researchers provides an unrivalled opportunity to promote trauma research for patient benefit in the UK. In addition, he is programme director for MSc Trauma Science – which brings together civilian and military, clinical and non-clinical teachers from the University of Birmingham, the SRMRC, the Centre for Defence Medicine and QEHB.