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 Ryan Bevan

Ryan Bevan

Research student,


Research Overview

My PhD studies will investigate the importance of innate immune mechanisms of neurodegeneration in models of Alzheimer’s disease to determine the extent to which activation of the innate immune system exacerbates neuronal damage. The neuronal connectome has been a topic of intense interest with regard to Alzheimer’s since the loss of neuronal interconnectioins (dendrites in particular) is a key pathophysiological event in the early stage of the disease. We will use a range of techniques to label and analysis dendritic and synaptic structure in  the retina and will correlate these measurements with those from the hippocampus. Using these techniques we hope to understand in greater depth the extent to which innate immune activation, as triggered by chronic(systemic)  inflammation is a trigger for early Alzheimer’s degeneration.

Honours and Awards

2017: Swansea University Medical School: Postgraduate Conference Poster Presentation Winner

2016: Swansea University Medical School: Graduates Prize in Biochemistry

Conference/seminar presentations

2017: Swansea University Medical School Postgraduate Conference

Educational and Professional Qualifications

2017 – Present:  PhD, Innate immune mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease, Cardiff University.
2016 – 2017: MSc By Research, Cortical demyelination and meningeal inflammation in multiple sclerosis, Swansea University.
2013 – 2016: First Class Honours in Medical Biochemistry, Swansea University.

Academic Positions

2016 – 2017: Student Demonstrator, Medical School, Swansea University
2015 – 2016: Research Internships, Medical School, Swansea University


Research interests


2016: British Neuropathological Society- small grant application valued £3,400
2016: Swansea University Postgraduate MSc By Research Scholarship valued £3,000
2015 - 2016: Swansea University Internships Funding valued £2,000

Research Collaborators

Dr O. W. Howell, Medical School, Swansea University, Cortical demyelination and meningeal inflammation in multiple sclerosis.


James Morgan

Professor James E Morgan

Professor in Ophthalmology, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Paul Morgan

Professor Paul Morgan

'Professor of complement biology, Division of Infection and Immunity

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