Dr Valentina Leta

Clinical Research Fellow (PhD)

Dr Valentina Leta is a neurologist and PhD clinical research fellow working with Professor Chaudhuri at King’s College London and the Parkinson’s Foundation Centre of Excellence, King’s College Hospital, London. She is interested in both motor and non-motor aspects of movement disorders, with a focus on autonomic dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease (PD).

She successfully graduated in Medicine at the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2013 with an awarded thesis entitled ‘Skin nerve α-synuclein deposits: a biomarker for idiopathic Parkinson disease’. She has completed her training as a Neurologist at the University of Milan (Italy) with the highest marks and a thesis entitled ‘Intrajejunal levodopa infusion combined with Catechol-O-Methyl Transferase inhibition: a new therapeutic strategy in advanced Parkinson’s disease’.

Valentina is currently Principal Investigator of the Sunovion CTH-302 trial at King’s College Hospital and sub-investigator of other clinical trials on PD. She is currently working on her PhD project on gastrointestinal dysfunction, inflammation and gut dysbiosis in PD under the supervision of Prof Chaudhuri and in collaboration with Prof Pariante’s team.

She has been invited as a faculty member at national and international conferences and she is author of several papers in peer-reviewed journals.  Valentina is a member of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (IPMDS), the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), the Italian Society of Neurology (SIN), and the LIMPE-DISMOV academy. She is also Junior Member Representative of the IPMDS Non-motor-PD-study group (NMPDSG) steering committee, a co-coordinator of the IPMDS-NMPDSG and of the themed subgroup ‘Autonomic dysfunction’ of the IPMDS-NMPDSG.