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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

I have a track record of supporting interested clinicians gain independent funding, and have mentored several fellows through academic clinical fellowships. If you would like to join me to investigate clinical epidemiology, clinical trials, cerebrovascular disease, or use of 'big data' please contact me by email: william.whiteley@ed.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, University of London
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Biomarkers in Stroke
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Oxford
Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Professional Qualifications

2018Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, FRCP

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseStroke, Epidemiology, Diagnosis of TIA, Neurology, Vascular dementia, Big data


William Whiteley is a Scottish Senior Clinical Fellow (funded by CSO) in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

He is also Senior Clinical Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford; an International Fellow at the Population Health Research Institute, University of McMaster (Canada); and a consultant neurologist in NHS Lothian, working with patients with TIA, stroke and dementia. 

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 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

Research activities & awards

  1. Rudolf Magnus Inst Neurosci, Dept Neurol (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

  2. Designing Stroke Studies

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

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Latest prizes

  1. Scottish Senior Clinical Fellowship

    Prize: Fellowships awarded competitively

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