Professor Peter Rothwell
Professor Rothwell is a clinical neurologist with particular interests in stroke, hypertension, the risks and benefits of aspirin, and how best to apply the results of clinical trials and other research to clinical decisions with individual patients in routine clinical practice. He leads the longitudinal Oxford Vascular Study, the findings of which have changed how people are assessed and treated after a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or stroke, both in the UK and around the world. TIAs are now seen as medical emergencies requiring urgent treatment. Taking aspirin straight after a TIA, Professor Rothwell’s team showed, can reduce the chance of a major stroke over the next few days by 80%.
Professor Rothwell holds various advisory roles relating to stroke, including for the National Stroke Strategy, the Stroke Association, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and he serves on several conference scientific committees. He is the author of over 300 published scientific papers and several books.
- Transient ischaemic attack or 'TIA'
- Blood pressure
- Effects of aspirin on risk and severity of early recurrent stroke after transient ischaemic attack and ischaemic stroke: time-course analysis of randomised trials (2016)
- Improved medical treatment in secondary prevention of stroke (2014)
- Shared genetic susceptibility to ischemic stroke and coronary artery disease: a genome-wide analysis of common variants (2014)
- Global stroke statistics (2014)
Professor Rothwell has extensive experience in both television and radio interviews.
Recent media work
- BBC Radio 4 - Inside Health
- The Guardian - Aspirin is urged after mini-stroke
- The Daily Mail - Take aspirin after a ‘funny turn’ to cut your risk of stroke
- The Mirror - Jeremy Hunt's weekend death claims torn apart by new study
- BBC News - Junior doctors' contracts: Fresh talks under way
- The Telegraph - Everything you need to know about aspirin and health