ANDREW ANTHONY HICKS

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Position/Title: Deputy Scientific Director and Group Leader for Neuromedicine, PhD

Address EURAC Center for Biomedicine, Via Galvani 31, 39100 Bolzano, Italy

Tel: +39-334-7788721; Fax: +39-0471-055599

@: andrew.hicks@eurac.edu; www.eurac.edu

 

EDUCATION/POSITIONS

1974-1979      Brierton School:      11 G.C.E. ‘O’ Levels

1979-1981 Brierton Sixth Form: 4 G.C.E. ‘A’ Levels

1981-1985 Oxford University: Lady Margaret Hall.  Bachelors (B.A.) and Masters (M.A.) honors course in Biochemistry with a supplementary qualification in Chemical Pharmacology (1981-1985)

1985-1989 Cambridge University: Pembroke College.  PhD in Molecular Neurobiology at the MRC Molecular Neurobiology unit of the LMB (Prof. E.A. Barnard). Six month sabbatical: NIH laboratory of Dr J.C. Venter, Rockville Pike, Maryland. Developing the technology for high-throughput automated DNA sequence analysis (Feb-Aug 1988)

1989-1992 Senior Research Associate for Neuroscience at Peterhouse, Cambridge, studying neurotransmitter receptor genes as candidates in neurological and psychiatric disorders

1992-1998 Project Director in Laboratory of Jacques Mallet, CNRS, France, to study changes of gene expression in models of synaptic plasticity (long term potentiation (LTP) and memory)

1998-2007 Project Leader and Director of Movement Disorder Genetics, within the CNS division of deCODE genetics Inc. Population genetics of movement disorders and relevant ageing phenotypes

2007-2010 Deputy Scientific Director and Group Leader for Molecular Medicine, Institute of Genetic Medicine, European Academy Bolzano, Italy. Population genetics for wide range of quantitative and binary traits in isolated populations with high familiality

2010-2015 Deputy Scientific Director and Group Leader for Neuromedicine, Center for Biomedicine, European Academy Bolzano, Italy. Funding from provincial government. Population genetics for wide range of quantitative and binary traits in isolated populations with high familiality

 

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

1988 Visiting scholar NIH laboratory of Dr J.C. Venter, Maryland. Developing the technology for high-throughput automated DNA sequence analysis (Feb-Aug)

1989-1992 Tutor for the Neuroscience program at Peterhouse Cambridge

1998-2003 Consultant to the Faroese Government for establishing a genetic research institute on the Islands

2009-present Ad hoc reviewer for Neurobiology of Ageing

2014 Ad hoc reviewer for Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg

2015-present Joint PhD supervisor with the BI-DOC program between Medical University Innsbruck and Center for Biomedicine in Bolzano

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

From 133 original publications; total citations: 15,445; h-index: 47

  1. Sveinbjornsdottir S, Hicks AA, Jonsson T, …, Stefansson K. Familial aggregation of Parkinson’s disease in Iceland. N Engl J Med 2000;343:1765-1770. (IF: 54.4)
  2. Hicks AA, Petursson H, Jonsson T, …, Sveinbjornsdottir S. A susceptibility gene for late-onset idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Ann Neurol 2002;52:549-555. (IF: 11.9)
  3. Stefansson H, Rye DB, Hicks AA, …, Stefansson K. A genetic risk factor for periodic limb movements in sleep. N Engl J Med 2007;357:639-647. (IF: 54.4)
  4. Hicks AA, Pramstaller PP, Johansson A, …, Campbell H. Genetic determinants of circulating sphingolipid concentrations in European populations. PLoS Genet 2009;5: e1000672. (IF: 8.2)
  5. Teslovich TM, Musunuru K, Smith AV, …, Hicks AA, …, Dominiczak AF. Biological, clinical and population relevance of 95 loci for blood lipids. Nature 2010;466:707-713. (IF: 42.4)
  6. Speliotes EK, Willer CJ, Berndt SI, …, Hicks AA, …, Homuth G. Association analyses of 249,796 individuals reveal 18 new loci associated with body mass index. Nat Genet 2010;42:937-948. (IF: 29.6)
  7. Sotoodehnia N, Isaacs A, de Bakker PI, …, Hicks AA, …, Arking DE. Common variants in 22 loci are associated with QRS duration and cardiac ventricular conduction. Nat Genet 2010;42:1068-1076. (IF: 29.6)
  8. Gieger C, Radhakrishnan A, Cvejic A, …, Hicks AA, …, Soranzo, N. New gene functions in megakaryopoiesis and platelet formation. Nature 2011;480:201-208. (IF: 42.4)
  9. van der Harst P, Zhang W, Mateo Leach I, …, Hicks AA, …, Chambers JC. Seventy-five genetic loci influencing the human red blood cell. Nature 2012;492:369-375. (IF: 42.4)
  10. Pichler I, Del Greco M F, Gogele M, …, Hicks AA, …,Minelli, C. Serum iron levels and the risk of Parkinson disease: a Mendelian randomization study. PLoS Med 2013;10:e1001462. (IF: 14.0)