Yoav Ben-Shlomo is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology having graduated in Medicine with an intercalated BSc in Human Psychology. His clinical interests took him into the field of neuroepidemiology and he has worked mainly on the epidemiology of neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease [PD], dementia, multiple sclerosis) and physical and cognitive ageing. He is also internationally known for his work on life course epidemiology. He is the epidemiological lead for two large PD natural history cohorts (PD-Discovery, Tracking-PD) as well as involved in several PD trials (CHIEF-PD, PRIME-UK, PD-STRIPE). His has also advised the UK Department of health on the cost-effectiveness of disease modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis. He is a member of the Alzheimer’s Society Scientific Advisory as well as the Alzheimer’s Disease strategy board.