Professor Terry’s research is focused on the development and application of mathematical and computational methodologies for understanding the dynamics of biomedical systems, with particular interests in the transitions between healthy and diseased states in the human brain and also in the dynamics of endocrine systems. Following postdoctoral positions at the University of Warwick and the University of Queensland, Prof Terry was appointed Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University in 2002. From 2006–2010, he was first Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer and finally Reader within the Department of Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol. He then moved to a Prize Readership in Theoretical Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield in 2010, before joining the University of Exeter in 2012.
ProfessorTerry has a long track-record in multidisciplinary research with scientists in clinical and experimental neuroscience, where I am internationally renowned for systems modelling approaches in neuroscience and endocrinology, in particular applications to epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis. Current research includes:
- Characterising the evolution of epilepsies using neural modelling techniques, with the aim to create improved diagnosis techniques for clinicians and to better predict treatment outcomes.
- Developing tools for describing networks of interacting brain regions and characterising seizure initiation based upon network structure.
- Developing models for interpreting the effects of Deep Brain Stimulation with applications to Parkinson’s and Epilepsy.
- Exploring the interactions between neural dynamics and hormone secretions in the Hypothalmic-Pituituary-Adrenal axis; by understanding the mechanisms responsible for fluctuations observed in blood concentrations of steroids, more appropriate treatments for a number of clinical conditions may be developed.