Clinical Care Research Correspondent


We were delighted to appoint Dr Alex Murphy to this new post on 1st September 2015. Alex has just the right background for this task both as a doctor and researcher with a keen interest in SMA.

More about Alex Murphy

Hi, I’m Alex and I’m a Clinical Research Associate at the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre, Newcastle University. I have been involved in the clinical care of patients and families with SMA since 2010.

I graduated as a doctor from Liverpool medical school in 2008, and gained experience in paediatrics working in Merseyside hospitals for six years. It was in Alder Hey Children’s hospital that I became interested in clinical research, and particularly in neuromuscular conditions such as SMA.

I have been involved in both paediatric and adult clinical trials for over six years, investigating a wide range of conditions and treatments.

In 2014, I successfully applied to do a PhD in an aspect of neuromuscular medicine at Newcastle University. As part of my work at the centre, I am involved in supporting several SMA trials, as well as trials into other neuromuscular conditions such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. My PhD work focuses on how best to image neuromuscular conditions using MRI techniques.

As clinical care correspondent I will be summarising findings of recent studies into diet and exercise and the effects on patients with SMA. I will also be writing short articles, found in the ‘Clinical care’ section of the website, on the latest published studies and any guidance that may be relevant to you.