Dr Paul Reading completed his medical training at Cambridge and London before returning to Cambridge to undertake a PhD in the behavioural assessment of embryonic neural grafts in models of Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Involvement in the neurobiology of reticular activating systems fuelled a later clinical and academic interest in sleep disorders such as narcolepsy.
He completed his neurological training in Edinburgh and Newcastle before recently moving to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough to take up a new neurology post. He has been running a weekly (now bi-weekly) Neurology Sleep Clinic for 11 years, attracting referrals from the Northern region and beyond. His particular interests are narcolepsy, abnormal sleep in neurodegenerative disease (particularly parkinsonian syndromes) and parasomnias.
He has lectured widely on numerous sleep-related topics and organised several seminars and educational meetings including the Northern Sleep Forum, now in its fifth year.
He was recently appointed as President of the British Sleep Society, the largest body in the UK for professionals directly involved in sleep medicine and science, having been its secretary and treasurer.