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Prof Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, MA PhD FRCP Edin

Personal Chair of Clinical Neurology

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Ph.D. research projects available

Intracerebral haemorrhage: epidemiology, cause, and treatment
Current Fellowship
Senior clinical fellowship

Academic Qualifications

2005Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, University of Edinburgh
The epidemiology of brain arteriovenous malformations in adults
1994Bachelor of Medicine, University of Cambridge
1994Bachelor of Surgery, University of Cambridge
1991Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Professional Qualifications

2008Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, FRCP Edin
1997Member of the Royal College of Physicians, MRCP (UK)

Area of Expertise

Research expertisestroke, intracerebral haemorrhage


I am an academic clinician interested in anything that bleeds in the brain. I focus on caring for people with these conditions, auditing their care, and better understanding cause, prognosis and treatment using a variety of clinical research designs, including systematic reviews, case-control and cohort studies, and randomised controlled trials.


Research to Understand Stroke due to Haemorrhage (RUSH): www.dcn.ed.ac.uk/rush

Scottish Audit of Intracranial Vascular Malformations (SAIVMs): www.saivms.scot.nhs.uk/

Lothian Audit of the Treatment of Cerebral Haemorrhage (LATCH): www.lothianstrokemcn.scot.nhs.uk/research/Pages/ClinicalAudits.aspx

Administrative Roles

  • Stroke Editorial Board
  • Cochrane Stroke Group Editorial Board
  • Evidence-based Preclinical Medicine Editorial Board
  • Scientific committee, British Association of Stroke Physicians
  • Prevention Clinical Studies Group, UK Stroke Research Network
  • Chair of British Neurological Surveillance Unit, Association of British Neurologists
  • Clinical Research & Academic Committee, Association of British Neurologists
  • Specialty Certificate Examination Board (Neurology)
  • Privacy Advisory Committee, NHS National Services Scotland

Positions available

I am keen to attract motivated clinical research fellows to work on the projects that I am running, or to set up projects of their own. I have a track record of obtaining independently-funded fellowships from the MRC, and my department has a programme dedicated to supporting trainees obtain such fellowships: www.ccbs.ed.ac.uk/training/pmr_fellowship.asp

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