Terry Morris

Terry Morris

After spending 10 years working as a plantation manager in Northern India, I returned to the UK in 1972 and became a scientific administrator with the Medical Research Council’s Tuberculosis Research Unit in London. Seventeen years later, I was seconded to their Brain Imaging Division. In 1992, when an ambitious plan was put forward to develop an Imaging Centre near the National Hospital for Neurology using state-of-the-art imaging technology, I was asked to undertake its development working alongside the design team. Upon completion of the Centre, I was appointed Administrator, which was my challenge for the next eleven years. The Centre has now become a major research imaging facility, and attracts neuroscientists worldwide.

During my professional life I’ve been fortunate to have travelled extensively and live in some interesting places. East Suffolk was home for ten years, and my wife and I enjoyed many happy hours with the sailing community before we moved to Southern Ireland in 2005. By then I was 66 and had retired (somewhat reluctantly), but continued in a consultant capacity for a further 3 years at Manchester University.

At 73 I am thankfully in relatively good health, and live in a beautiful part of Ireland. I still enjoy a game of golf and bridge, but my main focus since my wife’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease two years ago, at age 65, is to support her and ensure she has the best possible quality of life for as long as possible.

Together we have four children, ten grandchildren and two very spoilt cats. Three of our equally spoilt grandchildren and their soppy dog live just around the corner, guaranteeing life is anything but dull.

Terry Morris

‘Snuffles, Sneezes and Sniffles of an Almost ‘Snuffed-out’ Carer

26 February 2013 by Terry Morris

Reliability was always the hallmark of great home-grown institutions like the BBC, British Gas and the National Health Service (NHS). Being the dependable sort myself, I’ve always preferred things that way. Perhaps, given my age, it was a little presumptuous of me to assume that in living up to the mark as Marie’s ‘carer’. I […]

Terry Morris

The World as we Know (Knew) it!

24 December 2012 by Terry Morris

If the Mayan calendar and other ancient philosophical predictions are correct, the world is coming to an end on the 21st December 2012 and I’m wasting my time writing, but clearly, something went wrong with their calculations and thankfully we’ve all survived not only ‘Armageddon’ but also the excesses of the Xmas festivities which, as […]

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One Day at a Time

30 October 2012 by Terry Morris

When I first consented to write these bi-monthly blogs, I hadn’t fully appreciated the challenges that lay ahead. A lot can happen in a short space of time for a person with Parkinson’s disease (PD), and my wife, Marie, has been no exception. Given the roller coaster of events (good and bad) that have kept me […]

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Close Encounters… of a PD Kind

4 September 2012 by Terry Morris

My first encounter with Parkinson’s disease (PD) was in the ’90s working as Scientific Administrator for the Brain Imaging Research Department at Hammersmith Hospital in London. As well as ongoing research, neurologists acted as independent assessors for a study of embryonic cell implants in PD patients who were all in the advanced stages of the disease. At […]

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