Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Brain Sciences

Professor of Neurology and Chair of Stroke Medicine







3 East6East WingCharing Cross Campus





Roland Veltkamp received his clinical training as a stroke neurologist in Heidelberg, Germany, and at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, USA. His research interests encompass emergency therapy of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. His research has led to new methods of Afib detection on the stroke unit and to the improvement of acute stroke management in patients on anticoagulants. His translational stroke research group investigates the role of the immune system after stroke.  In a landmark study, his group has described a major protective role of regulatory T cells in experimental stroke. Recent findings in his laboratory have led to a phase II clinical stroke trial testing the effect of the leukocyte adhesion blocker natalizumab in stroke.

Currently, Prof. Veltkamp  serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the European Stroke Organisation and is an international delegate of the program committee of the AHA International Stroke Conference. 



D'Anna L, Filippidis FT, Antony S, et al., 2020, Early initiation of direct anticoagulation after stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation., European Journal of Neuroscience, Vol:27, ISSN:0953-816X, Pages:2168-2175

Shoamanesh A, Hart RG, Connolly SJ, et al., 2020, Microbleeds and the Effect of Anticoagulation in Patients With Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source An Exploratory Analysis of the NAVIGATE ESUS Randomized Clinical Trial, Jama Neurology, ISSN:2168-6149

De Potter T, Yodfat O, Shinar G, et al., 2020, Permanent bilateral carotid filters for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation., Current Cardiology Reports, Vol:22, ISSN:1523-3782, Pages:144-144

Veltkamp R, Pearce LA, Korompoki E, 2020, Characteristics of Recurrent Ischemic Stroke After Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial (Jul, 10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.1995, 2020), Jama Neurology, Vol:77, ISSN:2168-6149, Pages:1322-1322

Elkind MSV, Veltkamp R, Montaner J, et al., 2020, Natalizumab in acute ischemic stroke (ACTION II): a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, Neurology, Vol:95, ISSN:0028-3878

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