Jon StoneHonorary Professor of Neurology, University of Edinburgh; Consultant Neurologist
Professor Jon Stone is an NHS Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Professor in Neurology in Edinburgh. He is an international leader in functional neurological disorder, also called psychogenic/dissociative/conversion disorder, and in the past, hysteria. Since 1999 he has published over 250 articles in the area including systematic reviews, large cohort and treatment studies. He led on new diagnostic criteria for functional neurological disorders in DSM-5 and ICD-11 and the development of professional organisations in the area. In 2016 he co-edited the volume ‘Functional Neurologic Disorder’ (ed Hallett, Stone, Carson) Elsevier 2016 setting a new standard for a teaching and research curriculum. He co-chaired the 3rd International Congress on this area in Edinburgh in 2017 (www.fnd2017.org) and is due to become secretary of the new international FND society – FNDS.
Jon graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1992 and worked in various junior posts in Newcastle, Leeds, Oxford and New Zealand before returning to Edinburgh. He met Charles Warlow and Michael Sharpe in 1999 who supervised his PhD, a case control study of functional limb weakness. He became an NHS Consultant Neurologist in 2005. In 2009 he made the first website for patients with FND at www.neurosymptoms.org promoting a new transparent approach to diagnosis and treatment for what has been a highly stigmatised condition. The site has been translated by other neurologists in to 12 other languages and receives 60,000 visits a month. He runs a weekly clinic for patients with functional movement disorders and dissociative (non-epileptic) seizures and as of August 2012 is a National Research Strategy Clinician (NHS Scotland). He has been awarded the Biemond Lectureship (2014), Royal College of Physicians (London) Jean Hunter Prize for Nervous Disorders (2014), Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) Clouston Medal (2017) and Royal College of Psychiatrist Presidents Medal (2017). He has given invited plenary sessions at the World Congress of Neurology, American Academy of Neurology and Movement Disorders Society World Congresses as well as lectures to 18 neurology department in the UK and grand rounds at Harvard and Stanford. He was promoted to Professor in 2018 but remains a full time NHS clinician.