Alastair Compston


Professor Emeritus of Neurology, the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the University of Cambridge

Cambridge, the United Kingdom


Alastair Compston was formerly professor of neurology, University of Cambridge, and is now professor emeritus. He is a former president of the European Neurological Society and the Association of British Neurologists; and editor of Brain, a journal of neurology. He qualified in medicine from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, and subsequently trained in neurology at the National Hospital and the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. 


Alastair Compston is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, Foreign Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Germany, Foreign Associate Member of the National Academy of Medicine of the USA, and Fellow of the Royal Society of London. He has been appointed Commander of the British Empire.


His research focuses on the clinical science of human demyelinating disease This has been recognised by international prizes that include the Charcot Award of Multiple Sclerosis International Federation; the World Federation of Neurology Medal for Scientific Achievement in Neurology; the John Dystel Prize of the American Academy of Neurology and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the USA; the Hughlings Jackson Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine; and the Association of British Neurologists Medal.