Welsh Government

Senior Research Leader

Professor Mark Rees

Professor Mark Rees

Department and Institution

College of Medicine, Swansea University

NHS Trust/ Health Board

Collaborates with: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board; Cardiff and Vale University Health Board; Hywel Dda University Health Board; Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board; Cwm Taf University Health Board

Current Post

Professor of Neurology and Molecular Neuroscience Research, Honorary Visiting Professor, Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Primary Research Field

  • Neurology
  • Genetics
  • Fundamental Neuroscience

Secondary Research Field

  • Cardiac Genetics
  • Data-Linkage

Contact details
01792 602203 


Professor Mark Rees is Chair of Neurology Research at the Institute of Life Science in the College of Medicine at Swansea University. His principle research interests include the causes of epilepsy, movement disorders, cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death syndromes in the young.  He gained his PhD from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff and spent five years working with Professor Sir Mike Owen in Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University before moving to a six-year post in the University of Auckland Medical School, New Zealand.

He joined Swansea University in 2004 and became Founder and Director of the Wales Epilepsy Research Network (WERN). Professor Rees is former Chair of the Epilepsy Research-UK (ERUK) Scientific Advisory Group and is now a Trustee of ERUK. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), received a DSc from Swansea University in 2012 for distinguished contribution to biomedical research, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of British Neurologists.

WERN continues with an active project portfolio and international genetics / clinical trials consortiums and consequently has close links with U.S. and Australasian Institutions.