Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences
James Ironside is Emeritus Professor at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh and was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for Services to Medicine and Healthcare in 2006. He has conducted extensive research into neurodegenerative diseases and especially, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He identified a new variant of
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in 1996 at the National CJD Surveillance Unit then headed by Professor Robert Will. He has been a member of the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 2011, and the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences since 2002.