Dr Katarina Rukavina

Dr Katarina Rukavina

Clinical Research Fellow

Dr. Katarina Rukavina is a clinical research fellow to Professor K Ray Chaudhuri at the
National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence King’s College London. She obtained
her medical degree from University of Zagreb School of Medicine, where she received a
Dean’s Award of Academic Excellence for her outstanding academic achievements. After
the graduation, Katarina has started her career in neurology in Hamburg, Germany. In
addition to her neurological residency, she has been working on several basic
neuroscience projects, particularly addressing the neuroinflammation associated with
neurodegenerative diseases. Katarina’s doctoral thesis (Dr.med.) on the microglial
activation in rapidly progressive dementias got the predicate “Summa cum laude”
(University Medical Centre Hamburg – Eppendorf).
Katarina is regularly writing peer-reviewed articles and presenting her research work at
international conferences. She is a member of the German Neurological Society
(Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie, DGN) and the International Parkinson and
Movement disorder society (IPMDS).
Katarina’s research interests focus on the motor and non-motor aspects of Parkinsons’
disease (PD). She is genuinely passionate about pathological pain processing in PD
patients, aiming to better understand and to be able to modulate its underlaying
pathophysiological mechanisms.