Prof Peter Rothwell, MD, PhD, FRCP, FMedSci

Action Research Professor of Neurology, Director of the Stroke Prevention Research Unit, University of Oxford

Peter Rothwell is the Action Research Professor of Neurology in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford. He qualified in medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1987 and after completing his early postgraduate clinical training he moved to Oxford as Clinical Lecturer in Neurology in 1996. He was awarded an MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship in 1999 and set up the Stroke Prevention Research Unit in 2000, which now employs over 40 research staff.

He was awarded Professor of Clinical Neurology in 2004 and was elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008, a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator in 2009 and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator in 2011. He has published over 400 scientific papers and several books. His research interests include primary and secondary prevention of stroke, the effects of blood pressure on the brain, and the risks and benefits of aspirin.

He is clinically active, working as a Consultant Neurologist for the Oxford University Hospitals Trust and contributing to clinical services for general neurology and stroke prevention. He has received several awards for other areas of his research, including the Inaugural British Medical Journal Award for Outstanding Contribution to Clinical Research (2009), the Foulkes Foundation Medal, Academy of Medical Sciences (2009), the World Stroke Organisation President’s Biennial Award for Outstanding Research (2010), a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award (2011), the Kinmonth Medal, Royal College of Surgeons (2012), the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (2013) and The Inaugural International Aspirin Foundation Senior Scientific Award (2014).