Professor Emsley graduated with MBChB in 1996 from the University of Manchester, following an intercalated BSc(Hons) in 1993. After junior doctor posts in the North West of England and at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London he achieved membership of the Royal College of Physicians of London (MRCP) in 1999. He completed a PhD on inflammation and cytokine regulation in stroke in Manchester and then undertook specialist training as a clinical lecturer in neurology at the Walton Centre for Neurology & Neurosurgery in Liverpool. He obtained a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in neurology and a postgraduate certificate in clinical education (PGCTLCP with distinction) in 2008 and was made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP) in 2012. He became a fellow of the higher education academy in 2017.
Professor Emsley was appointed Consultant Neurologist with special interest in Stroke Neurology at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2008. He served as Clinical Director for Neurology between 2014 and 2017. He took up his post as Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at Lancaster University in 2017 alongside his NHS role. His research expertise is in neurology, cerebrovascular disease, and the neurovascular-neurodegenerative interface, including the role of inflammation/infection, novel imaging measures, emerging therapeutic targets, clinical trials and applications of routine healthcare data. He is the lead for the neuroscience and stroke research themes at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and serves on the Lancaster University research ethics committee. External responsibilities include his role as Honorary Public Health Clinical Academic with the Department of Health & Social Care. He is also part of the Health Data Research UK North executive. He has well over 150 publications in peer-reviewed medical journals (h-index 42) and regularly engages in peer-review and editorial work. He serves as chief investigator or local principal investigator and as a research supervisor on a range of NIHR portfolio and independent studies in stroke and neurological disorders. For further details of his research, see his faculty profile page.