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Dan Baumgardt

Dan Baumgardt

Senior Lecturer, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol
I am a medically-qualified clinical neuroscientist and anatomist, based at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bristol.

I initially graduated from Bristol with a BSc in Neuroscience, before proceeding to the University of Warwick to study medicine at graduate entry. I returned to my home in the South West of England to undertake Foundation and General Practice specialist training within the Severn Deanery. I qualified in 2016 and have been working in primary care in the BNSSG region ever since. My main clinical interests and expertise are in neurology and ophthalmology, musculoskeletal medicine and paediatrics.

I joined the University of Bristol as an academic in 2016, becoming a Lecturer at the School of Anatomy in 2018. I was appointed Senior Lecturer at the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience in 2023. I teach across the medical, dental and vet programmes, as well as widening participation and BSc students studying health and life sciences, including Neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology. I supervise final year science students for dissertation projects across a wide range of clinically associated topics.

My academic interests lie within the teaching of clinically-orientated biomedical disciplines, and their relevance to body function, and both medical and surgical practice across the three professional programmes. I also contribute to pedagogical research, and outreach/public engagement initiatives, promoting the value and importance of life sciences through presentations and writing.

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Economy

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