Dr Martin Duddy studied biochemistry and medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating in 1992. His clinical training in neurology was at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast and the Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada. He was appointed a consultant neurologist with a special interest in MS at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2003 and is Clinical Director for Neurosciences. He was clinical lead for the UK MS Risk Sharing Scheme and is local principal investigator for a number of collaborative studies. He is editor of the Topical Reviews section of the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.