Lin, Jean-Pierre

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Consultant paediatric neurologist

Jean-Pierre Lin - consultant paediatric neurologist

Area of expertise: general neurology, movement disorders.

Languages spoken: English, French, German


Jean-Pierre Lin qualified in medicine in 1983 from Edinburgh University Medical School. After further training, including adult neurology and paediatrics, he obtained an Edinburgh University George Guthrie Research Fellowship from 1990-1994. This led to a PhD within the Department of Physiology at Edinburgh University studying motor assessments in cerebral palsy supervised by E Geoffrey Walsh, motor physiologist, and J Keith Brown, paediatric neurologist.

In 1994, Jean-Pierre Lin left Scotland to become a senior registrar in children's neurology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, proceeding to his current permanent post as consultant paediatric neurologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Specialist services developed 1997

  1. Director, Clinical Gait and Movement Laboratory 1997-99: for children with cerebral palsy undergoing complex orthopaedic procedures.
  2. The movement therapy clinics 1997-2008: aimed at tailoring specific motor management strategies, particularly targeted intramuscular botulinum toxin A injections for children with central motor disorders.
  3. The complex motor disorders assessment and management Service (CMDS) 2006-present: to deliver deep brain stimulation for children with dystonia and intrathecal baclofen pump implants for children with spasticity alone or mixed spasticity-dystonia.

Further information

Education and training

  • BSc (Med Sci Ord): University of Edinburgh, July 1980
  • MB ChB: University of Edinburgh, July 1983
  • PhD: University of Edinburgh, March 1998
  • GMC full registration, July 1984
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCPUK), July 1986
  • Paediatric Neurology Accreditation (JCHMT), Royal College of Physicians, September 1996.

Specialist interests

  • functional neurosurgery for motor disorders: deep brain stimulation (DBS)
  • neuroimaging of the brain in disordered motor control of prematurity
  • bench-marking the CMD service
  • goal-setting, quality of life and assessments of caregiver provider before and after DBS in children.
  • defining the efficacy of deep brain stimulation in primary and secondary dystonias
  • emergent motor function post-DBS
  • transitional and young adult complex motor disorders services.

Research interests

  • the emergent properties of the developing brain and damaged developing brain following prematurity or acquired injury
  • mechanisms of embryonic, congenital and acquired deformity and the impact of early immobility or excessive motor activity on the developing motor brain
  • disordered motor control including mechanisms of hypertonus: dystonia, skilled movement and spasticity
  • influence of humoural and cellular factors on activity-dependent plasticity in the expression of motor disorder severity and response to physical, pharmacological and neurostimulatory interventions.


  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
  • Richmond Paine Award, September 1994
  • Well Child Best Team Award August 2011


Download a list of Dr Lin's publications (PDF 88Kb).


Secretary telephone

General neurology: 020 7188 7188
Complex motor disorders service: 020 7188 8533

Secretary email

General neurology enquires:

Complex motor disorders service enquiries:

For specific queries relating to patients:
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