Dr Mike Leach

Dr Michael Leach PhD, MIBiol, FRSM

Dr Mike Leach

Dr Michael J Leach

Reader in Pharmacology and Drug Development

Department of Life & Sports Sciences

Engineering & Science

Dr Mike Leach gained his PhD at the Institute of Neurology, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and has a long pedigree in the pharmaceutical industry.

He was a former section head at Wellcome Research (now part of GlaxoSmithKline) and much of his career in the pharmaceutical industry centred around searching for treatments for epilepsy such as Lamotrigine; Lamictal™, used in the treatment of both adult and paediatric forms of epilepsy, brain damage after a stroke and more recently, multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr Leach is a co-inventor of Pleneva (BGC20-0134; BTG International) now in Phase II clinical trials for MS.

He is also a co-founder of one of the university's spin out companies – CenTRion Therapeutics – and a member of the School of Science Drug Discovery cluster group.

Course leader

  • Neuropharmacology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutics.

Course participation

  • Natural Products
  • API and Drug Development
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Therapeutics – Postgraduate.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM)
  • Member of Clinical Neuroscience and Pharmaceutical Medicine and Lipid Sections
  • Member of the Institute of Biology (MIBiol)
  • Journal Referee: Epilepsy Research; Epilepsia; Brain Research; Neuropharmacology; Stroke; Psychopharmacology;
  • Retained contributor to reference text : Antiepileptic Drugs
  • Dr Leach is a member of the Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Science Research Group.


  • Cyclic triazo and diazo sodium channel blockers. WO/2009/090431
  • New Medical use of Triazines derivatives. WO/2008/007149
  • Treatment of Neurodegenerative conditions. US 2010/00112810A1, EP 2324828, JP 2011144195.

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