Giorgio Tasca

Clinical Professor of Neuromuscular Science

Honorary Consultant Neurologist

Giorgio joined the John Walton Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre at Newcastle University in 2023. He was trained in Neurology and completed a PhD in Neuroscience in 2014, focused on the use of muscle imaging in the diagnostic workup of known and novel diseases. He was a research fellow at the Folkhälsan Institute of Genetics, Helsinki, in Prof. Bjarne Udd’s lab, and at the Unit of Neuromuscular and Neurodegenerative Disorders of the Bambino Gesù Children’s Research Hospital, in Rome. Before joining the team in Newcastle, he worked at the Unit of Neurology of the Fondazione Policlinico Universitario “A. Gemelli” IRCCS Hospital in Rome.

Giorgio is involved in several European projects and initiatives: he is vice-chair of the Neuromuscular Imaging group of the Euro-NMD project (European Reference Network), leader of the Imaging Working Group of the FSHD European Trial Network, and member of the European Neuromuscular Center (ENMC) Research and Mentoring Program Committees.

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and distal myopathies have always been among Giorgio’s clinical and research interest areas, and he is currently leading on FSHD research at the Centre. He was awarded the Patricia Salustri 2015 prize of the Association “Amis FSH”, the 2021 FSHD Society Young Investigator Award, and more recently an Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) Professorship.

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