Dr. Martyn Bracewell


Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology
Adeilad Brigantia
Penrallt Road
Gwynedd LL57 2AS
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1248 382628
Fax: +44 (0) 1248 38 2599


Dr Bracewell is a Senior Lecturer in Neurology & Neuroscience in the School of Medical Sciences and the School of Psychology at Bangor University.

He is also a Consultant Neurologist at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, Noble’s Hospital in the Isle of Man, and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales.

He studied Medicine and Physiology at Oxford. He did his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his early postgraduate medical and neurological training in Oxford and at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery in London, moving to Birmingham University Medical School as the Lecturer and Senior Registrar in Neurology.

Clinical Practice:

Dr Bracewell does clinics in general neurology and epilepsy at Noble’s Hospital, Isle of Man, and the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, where he also sees complex neuro-ophthalmology referrals.  The Walton Centre is the UK’s only stand-alone neuroscience Trust, providing secondary and tertiary clinical neurological and neurosurgical services to much of the north west of England, the Isle of Man, and to north Wales.
He provides Behavioural and Cognitive Neurology services to the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.  Most of this work is in acquired brain injury for the North Wales Brain Injury Service.  He sees outpatients at Colwyn Bay Hospital and inpatients in both acute hospital and rehabilitation settings across North Wales.  He is therefore quite unusual amongst UK Neurologists in having a very large clinical practice in acquired brain injury.


He has wide-ranging research interests in clinical and basic neuroscience including:

Non-invasive human brain stimulation

Cognitive functions of the cerebellum.

Visuo-spatial functions in Parkison’s Disease and novel, non-pharmacological, approaches to rehabilitation

Neuropsychology of epilepsy and acquired brain injury

Dr Martyn Bracewell is a member of the Perception, Action and Memory research group.


Please visit the publications page of Dr. Martyn Bracewell to view recent publications


  • He set up and organises the undergraduate Neurology teaching in North Wales for Cardiff Medical School.
  • He is Director of the intercalated Neuropsychology degree.
  • He is module organiser for the postgraduate Behavioural Neurology module.
  • He does neuroscience teaching for undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the School of Medical Sciences
  • He teaches widely at a postgraduate level in Neurology, Epilepsy and Neuro-ophthalmology.
  • He was inaugural Director of the BMedSci degree at Bangor

Other university commitments:

  • Ethics committee, School of Psychology 
  • Tutor for Admissions, BMedSci degree.
  • Former member of University Senate.

External positions (BMA):

  • Member, UK Medical Academic Staff Committee (and Exec) 
  • Member, Welsh Council (and Exec) 
  • Member, Welsh Consultants' Committee 
  • Member, Local Negotiating Committee
  • Former Chair, Welsh Medical Academic Staff Committee 

External positions (Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh)

  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
  • Regional Adviser for Wales
  • Member, Symposium committee
  • Regular examiner for the PACES (MRCP) examination
  • Former member of Council

Other external positions

  • External Examiner, MSc Clinical Neurology, University of Sheffield Medical School
  • Former External Examiner, MSc Clinical Neurology, University College London
  • Former Lecturer in Neuroscience, Hertford and Exeter Colleges, Oxford
  • Former member, Medical Technologies Advisory Committee, National Institute for Clinical and Care Excellence (NICE)

Membership of Professional Societies

  • Anglo-Dutch Migraine Association
  • Association of British Neurologists
  • British and Irish Movement Disorders Neurologists’ Group
  • British and Irish Neuro-Ophthalmology Club
  • British Association for the Study of Headache
  • British Medical Association
  • International League Against Epilepsy
  • Medical Defence Union
  • Movement Disorders Society
  • Royal Colleges of Physicians (Edinburgh & London)