Professor Hedley Emsley
Consultant Neurologist & Professor of Clinical Neuroscience
BSc(Hons) MBChB PhD PGCTLCP FRCP FHEA
General neurology, vascular neurology, transient ishaemic attack (TIA), transient focal neurological episodes, cerebral small vessel disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, intracranial venous thrombosis, late-onset epilepsy.
Expertise in neurology, cerebrovascular disease, and the neurovascular-neurodegenerative interface, including the role of inflammation/infection, novel imaging measures, emerging therapeutic targets, clinical trials and applications of routine healthcare data.
Other Professional Roles/Awards/Esteem Markers
(2021-date) Tertiary Medicine Workstream Lead, Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP-2, Lancashire/S Cumbria)
(2018-2021) Deputy Chair, Association of British Neurologists Stroke Advisory Group
(2018-date) Clinical Advisor, Neurology Intelligence Collaborative (National Neuroscience Advisory Group)
(2017-2020) Deputy Clinical Lead, Connected Health Cities, North West Coast Innovation Agency
(2016-2021) NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Regional Advisory Panel member
Professor Emsley graduated with an MBChB in 1996 from the University of Manchester. After junior doctor posts in the North West of England and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London he achieved membership of the Royal College of Physicians of London (MRCP) in 1999. He completed a PhD on inflammation and cytokine regulation in stroke in Manchester and then undertook specialist training as a clinical lecturer in neurology at the Walton Centre for Neurology & Neurosurgery in Liverpool. He obtained a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in neurology and a postgraduate certificate in clinical education (PGCTLCP with distinction) in 2008 and was made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP) in 2012.
Professor Emsley was appointed Consultant Neurologist with special interest in Stroke Neurology at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2008. He served as Clinical Director for Neurology between 2014 and 2017. He has several other professional responsibilities including his role as clinical advisor to the Neurology Intelligence Collaborative (part of the National Neuroscience Advisory Group) and as an Honorary Public Health Clinical Academic (Department of Health & Social Care), as well as recent roles as co-chair of the Association of British Neurologists Stroke Advisory Group and external examiner for the University College London Stroke MSc programme. He is the tertiary medicine workstream lead for the current Lancashire & South Cumbria Health Infrastructure Plan.
He took up his post as Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at Lancaster University in 2017 alongside his NHS role. His research expertise is in neurology, cerebrovascular disease, and the neurovascular-neurodegenerative interface, including the role of inflammation/infection, novel imaging measures, emerging therapeutic targets, clinical trials and applications of routine healthcare data. He has well over 100 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and regularly engages in peer-review and editorial work. He serves as chief investigator or local principal investigator and as a research supervisor on a range of NIHR portfolio and independent studies in stroke and neurological disorders. For further details of his research, see this page on the Lancaster University website.
Please find Professor Emsley’s research profile and publications here.
For further information on neuroscience research in Lancashire please see the Lancashire Neuroscience website.