Professor Joanna Wardlaw

Chair of Applied Neuroimaging; Head of Neuroimaging Sciences and Edinburgh Imaging


  • Internationally recognised for work on the pathophysiology of cerebral small vessel disease and brain ageing, and the pathophysiology and treatment of acute ischaemic stroke especially thrombolytic therapy, and the use of imaging to diagnose acute stroke.
  • Set up the Brain Research Imaging Centre, Edinburgh in 1997.
  • Set up the Scotland-wide imaging research network in 2007 – Scottish Imaging Network, A Platform for Scientific Excellence (SINAPSE,
  • Has provided imaging and related expertise to several multi-centre randomised clinical trials and is imaging lead for several other initiatives, such as the MRC-funded Centre for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE).
  • Initiated online distance learning MScs in Neuroimaging and Imaging.
  • Led a UK-wide initiative to establish standards for management of incidental findings during research imaging.
  • With colleagues, through the Centres of Excellence in Neurodegeneration, encouraged the development of standards for imaging of cerebral small vessel disease.
  • Has published over 400 papers and been awarded several prizes and honorary fellowships in recognition of her work.