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Cambridge Centre for Frontotemporal Dementia and Related Disorders

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

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Dr Thomas E. Cope

Dr Thomas E. Cope

Clinical Lecturer in Neurology

E-mail: tec31[at]

Cambridge Centre for
Frontotemporal Dementia and related disorders
Department of Clinical Neurosciences
University of Cambridge
Herchel Smith Building, Forvie Site
Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cambridge CB2 0SZ

Research Interests

I am an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Neurology, and Official Fellow of Murray Edwards College, where I teach neuroscience and direct studies for psychology.


My research has two overarching aims:


1) to employ systems neuroscience as a translational bridge between the molecular biology of dementia and targeted clinical trials.


2) to define perceptual mechanisms, neural codes and brain substrates, and how they go wrong in patients with neurological pathology.


I am particularly interested in how brain mechanisms for prediction, language and learning become abnormal in patients with the aphasic forms of frontotemporal dementia. These are ideal demonstrator conditions, because of their stereotyped patterns of neurodegeneration, the psychophysical precision of language as a probe, and the fragility of human language networks to synaptic disruption.


My research uses a variety of techniques, including psychophysics, PET, magnetoencephalography and ultra-high field (7T) functional MRI.​


A new short film by Professor Rowe about his journey as a clinician and researcher. Sponsored by AlzheimersResearchUK.

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Hannah Diver created this moving short film about dementia and its impact as a 6th form project

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Interview about new article with Thomas Cope on ITV Anglia

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Emily Fisher, a postgraduate student from the Norwich University of the Arts, created an animated film about a person's experience suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

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