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Rothwell, Peter M. (UK), MD, PhD, FRCP

Stroke Prevention Research Unit, Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford, UK


Peter M. Rothwell is Professor of Clinical Neurology and Director of the Stroke Prevention Research Unit, Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford, UK.

Dr Rothwell did his early clinical and research training in Edinburgh before becoming Clinical Lecturer in Neurology in Oxford in 1996. After a period of research at the University of Western Ontario in 1999, he returned to Oxford and founded the Stroke Prevention Research Unit in 2000.

Dr Rothwell’s wide-ranging research interests include large-scale risk factor epidemiology, genetic epidemiology of stroke, pathology of atherosclerotic plaque, molecular studies of risk factors for thrombosis, and studies aimed at improving investigation and secondary prevention of stroke, particularly after TIA. He also has a more general interest in the issue of how best to apply the results of clinical trials and other forms of research to clinical decisions with individual patients in routine clinical practice. In addition to research, his unit makes an important contribution to the clinical care of patients with TIA and stroke in Oxford and the surrounding area.

Dr Rothwell is also involved in stroke research at a national level (Scientific Committee of the British Association of Stroke Physicians) and an international level (Member of Committees of European Stroke Council, International Stroke Conference, and International Stroke Society) and is on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Cerebrovascular Disease and Journal of Neurology.

Dr Rothwell has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications on cerebrovascular topics in peer-reviewed journals, as well as several book chapters on topics on stroke research.

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