Short CV/Education and training


  • 1979
    BSc (1st Class Hons) University of Edinburgh

  • 1982
    MB ChB (Hons) University of Edinburgh

  • 1986
    MRCP (UK)

  • 1988
    FRCR Royal College of Radiologists

  • 1994
    MD University of Edinburgh

  • 1998
    FRCPE Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

  • 2005
    FMedSci The Academy of Medical Sciences

  • 2008
    Fellow European Stroke Organisation

  • 2011
    FRSE Royal Society of Edinburgh

Present post:

  • since 1994
    Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist, NHS Lothian

  • since 1998
    Director, Brain Research Imaging Centre

  • since 2001
    Professor of Applied Neuroimaging, Head of Division Neuroimaging, University of Edinburgh

  • since 2007
    Imaging Lead, MRC Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology

  • since 2012
    Director, Centre for In Vivo Imaging Sciences

  • since 2013
    REF 2014 Panel A, subpanels 1 & 4

Previous Appointments:

  • 1990 – 1992
    MRC Research Training Fellow in Neuroradiology, Edinburgh

  • 1992 – 1994
    Consultant Neuroradiologist, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow

  • 1994 – 1998
    MRC Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist, Edinburgh

  • 1998 – 2001
    Reader and Honorary Consultant Neuroradiologist, University of Edinburgh, and Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Selected publications

  • Emberson J, Lees KR, Lyden P, Bluhmki E, Brott T, Cohen G, Davis S, Donnan G, Howard G, Kaste M, Kummer RV, Lindley RI, Murray G, Tilley B, Toni D, Wardlaw JM, Baigent C, Sandercock P, Hacke W, Stroke Thrombolysis Trialists' Collaborative Group. Impact of treatment delay, age and stroke severity on the effects of intravenous thrombolysis with alteplase in acute ischaemic stroke: an individual patient data meta-analysis of randomised trials. Lancet 2014,

  • Aribisala BS, Morris Z, Eadie E, Thomas A, Gow A, Valdés Hernández MC, Royle NA, Bastin ME, Starr J, Deary IJ, Wardlaw JM. Blood pressure, internal carotid artery flow parameters and age-related white matter hyperintensities. Hypertension 2014, doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.113.02735.

  • Wardlaw JM, Smith EE, Biessels GJ, et al. Neuroimaging standards for research into small vessel disease and its contribution to ageing and neurodegeneration: A united approach. Lancet Neurol 2013;12:822-838.

  • Wardlaw JM, Smith C, Dichgans M. Mechanisms of sporadic cerebral small vessel disease: insights from neuroimaging. Lancet Neurol 2013;12:483-497.

  • Brazzelli M, Chappell FM, Shuler K, Muir K, Wardlaw JM. Diffusion-weighted imaging and diagnosis of transient ischaemic attack. Ann Neurol 2013, doi: 10.1002/ana.24026.

  • Sandercock PAG, Wardlaw JM, Lindley RI, The IST-3 Collaborative Group. The benefits and harms of intravenous thrombolysis with rt-PA within 6 h of acute ischaemic stroke [IST-3]: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2012;379:2352-2363.

  • Wardlaw JM, Murray V, Berge E, del Zoppo G, Sandercock P, Lindley RL, Cohen G. Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator for acute ischaemic stroke: systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet 2012;379:2364-2372.

  • Penke L, Muñoz Maniega S, Bastin ME, Valdés Hernández MC, Murray C, Royle NA, Starr JM, Wardlaw JM, Deary IJ. Brain white matter tract integrity as a neural foundation for general intelligence. Mol Psychiatry 2012;17:1026-1030.

  • White PM, Lewis SC, Gholkar A, Sellar RJ, Nahser H, Cognard C, Forrester L, Wardlaw JM. Hydrogel-coated coils versus bare platinum coils for the endovascular treatment of intracranial aneurysms (HELPS): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2011;377:1655-1662.

  • Wardlaw JM, Doubal F, Armitage P, Chappell F, Carpenter T, Maniega SM, Farrall A, Sudlow C, Dennis M, Dhillon B. Lacunar stroke is associated with diffuse blood-brain barrier dysfunction. Ann Neurol 2009;65(2):194-202.

Selected projects

  • Pathophysiology of lacunar stroke and cerebral small vessel disease

  • Thrombolytic treatment for ischaemic stroke

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Royal College of Radiologists Fellow

  • European Stroke Organisation Fellow

  • European Society of Neuroradiology, Member

  • Academy of Medical Sciences Fellow

  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellow

Additional qualifications

  • BSc (Hons), 1979

  • MB ChB (Hons), 1982

  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians, 1986

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists, 1988

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, 1996

  • Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 2005

  • Fellow of the European Stroke Organisation, 2008

  • Fellow of the European Society of Neuroradiology, 2009

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2011

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Research group management

  • Management of large inter-institutional research networks

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Unusually, individuals from three consecutive generations in my family have become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh – my grandfather, my father and myself.


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