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William Whiteley is a Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh and a consultant neurologist in NHS Lothian, working with patients with TIA, stroke and dementia. 

He is associate director of the the BHF Data Science Centre, and leads the Stroke Data Science Catalyst (2023-present). He is the clinical lead for the Chief Scientist's Office Scottish Stroke Research Network (2023-present).

He has founded and run the Edinburgh Stroke Winter School and clinical PhD research training programs in stroke (funded by the Stroke Association) and dementia (funded by the Alzheimer's Society and University of Edinburgh). He has been supported by personal fellowships from the UK MRC (Clinician Scientist fellowship 2010-2015), the Chief Scientist’s Office (2006-2009, 2018-2025), and his work by the Alzheimer's Society, the Chief Scientist's Office, the Stroke Association and Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.



Current Research Interests

His work seeks to elucidate the mechanisms for prevention of disability due to stroke and dementia through the design, delivery and analysis of epidemiological studies and clinical trials. Of particular interest are: the contribution of vascular risk factors to dementia; the very long term follow-up of randomized trials; clinical diagnosis; and the better use of large electronic health record datasets for more efficient clinical trials and cohort studies.

He founded the Edinburgh Clinical Natural Language Processing Group with Dr Honghang Wu and Dr Bea Alex, a multidisciplinary team at the University of Edinburgh who apply natural language processing to clinical text.


Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Stroke medicine

General neurology

Clinical epidemiology

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Epidemiology, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2011

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biomarkers in Stroke, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1997

Bachelor of Arts, Neurophysiology, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994


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