Dr. John Harrison is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Medicine at Imperial College London and Principal Consultant at Metis Cognition Ltd.  Metis is an applied psychology practice established to advise pharmaceutical companies on the selection and successful integration of cognitive testing into their development programs.  At the time of writing Metis provide consultancy to more than 30 companies involved in the development of new drugs for indications including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.


John has previously served as Head of Neuropsychology at CeNeS Pharmaceuticals (1997-2000), Principal Consultant of CPC Pharma Services (2000-2007) and more recently as Principal Scientist at CogState Ltd. (2007-2011).  Whilst operating CPC Pharma Services John provided consultancy to more than 60 clients, including 9 of the 2005 ‘Fortune’ top 10 pharmaceutical companies.  John has more than 20 years’ commercial experience and extensive knowledge of neuropsychological assessment, gained primarily during post-doctoral research fellowships at Cambridge University and Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School.


John has trained and presented on CNS outcome measures at more than 200 investigator meetings at locations in Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada, the United States and South America.   He speaks on the use of cognitive testing at various international meetings, including the American Alzheimer’s Association roundtable events and the European Task Force for Alzheimer’s disease.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association, holds Chartered Psychologist status with the British Psychological Society, and Chartered Scientist status with the Science Council.  He has authored/co-authored more than 60 books and scientific articles, including a popular neuroscience book ‘Synaesthesia: The Strangest Thing’.  He will complete a degree in classical studies this year and in October 2012 began a second PhD entitled ‘Myth in reception:  Insights from Stourhead house and gardens 1714-1830’.