Professor Masud Husain

Professor of Neurology & Cognitive Neuroscience, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences


Professor Husain's research focuses on inattention, impulsivity, apathy and disorders of memory.

He investigates why people are inattentive, act impulsively or just can't be bothered. All these problems occur to some extent in healthy people. but they can be profoundly disabling in patients with neurological conditions - from stroke, through neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease to developmental disorders such as ADHD. Currently, there are very limited treatments. Understanding underlying mechanisms is therefore crucial.

His research group has developed techniques to examine attention, short-term or working memory and decision-making in healthy people and patients with neurological disorders. They have begun to understand some of the brain mechanisms that are disrupted when people don't pay attention, or forget information rapidly, when they make impulsive decisions or just can't be motivated to act. Some of this research has led to novel treatments.


  • Inattention
  • Disorders of memory
  • Impulsivity and apathy
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Cognition

Media experience

Professor Husain has experience of print and broadcast media, both locally and internationally.