Professor Carolyn Young

About Carolyn Young

Professor Carolyn Young has been a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre since 1992, and an honorary professor of neurology at the University of Liverpool since 2006. 

Since appointment as a consultant in 1992, the multiple sclerosis (MS) service that she founded has expanded from being single handed to a multi-disciplinary team offering a comprehensive range of services. She also set up The Walton Motor Neurone Disease (MND) service in 1999. 

Professor Young has been principal investigator for over 120 trials and has written over 180 papers. She has co-authored several guidelines, for the Association of British Neurologists and others.  These guidelines have provided national guidance on management of MND, prescription of disease modifying therapies for MS, and spasticity treatment. Professor Young has participated in the NICE assessment process for beta interferon, glatiramer acetate, natalizumab, fingolimod, and riluzole. She was a member of NICE Technology Assessment Committee D for several years.   

Currently her main research focus involves the Trajectories of Outcome in Neurological Conditions (TONiC) study. 

Professor Young has considerable experience disseminating evidence based medicine guidance and is an international editor for two Cochrane Editorial Boards: Multiple Sclerosis and Rare Diseases of the Central Nervous System, and Neuromuscular Disease. 


Multiple sclerosis and research 



Clinical/research interests

Multiple sclerosis 

Membership of professional regional and national bodies

Association of British Neurologists since 1994 

Member of Editorial Board of the Cochrane Neuromuscular Disease Review Group from 2012 

Member of Editorial Board of the Cochrane Multiple Sclerosis and Rare Diseases of the Central Nervous System Review Group from 2013 

NWC LCRN – Local Clinical Research Speciality Group Lead for Neurosciences from 2014 

Member of NIHR CRN MND Clinical Studies Group from 2010 and deputy chair from 2014 

Member of NIHR CRN Neurosciences Group from 2014 

Advisor on neurology for Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman since 2015 

Related Services


The Neurology service provides specialist care to patients across Cheshire, Merseyside, North Wales and the Isle of Man. 

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults.

Page last updated: 21 July 2021