Faculty Profile

Ron Leslie, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Histology

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RonLeslie, Ph.D.

Ron Leslie, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Histology

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Dr. Leslie received his doctorate in Neuroscience in 1975 from the University of Cambridge. He was an MRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurosciences of McMaster University from 1975 to 1976 and then joined the Department of Anatomy at Dalhousie University as an assistant and then associate professor, and was promoted to full professor in 1988.  In 1989 he joined the Department of Clinical Pharmacology in the University of Oxford as a Senior Research Scientist and then was recruited as the Research Manager of the Centre for Applied Neuropsychobiology in Oxford University. At this time, he was a research fellow of Green College, Oxford and a university research lecturer.  From 1997 until 2002 he was a Director in the Neuroscience Research Division of SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals (which became GlaxoSmithKline in 2001) in the UK, and then became Head, CNS Laboratory, Experimental Medicine in the Addenbrooke’s Clinical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge.  In 2003, he returned to Canada to take up the Campbell Chair in Anatomy in Dalhousie University and become the Head of the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. Dr. Leslie’s early research focused on the neuroanatomy and neuropharmacology of the autonomic nervous system, and then turned to the study of the neurobiology of affective disorders and degenerative neurological disorders. Currently he is involved in collaborative studies that use functional brain imaging technologies to study Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. He has published over 200 scientific articles and abstracts including two books on molecular biological techniques.  He joined AUC as a Visiting Professor of Histology in 2008.  Dr. Leslie is currently an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of Dalhousie University.