Biography and Publications

Books and Reports

Sensory Issues and Social Inclusion. Stuart Neilson, in Elizabeth Bartmess (ed) Knowing Why: Adult-Diagnosed Autistic People on Life and Autism. ASAN, 2018 (pp.30-43).
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Painted Lorries of Pakistan. Stuart Neilson. CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2015.
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Motor Neurone Disease – Essentials: Expert And Practical Advice. Dr Stuart Neilson. Class Publishing, 2014.
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Living with Asperger syndrome and autism in Ireland. Stuart Neilson and Diarmuid Heffernan. CreateSpace, 2013.
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Motor Neuron Disease at your Fingertips. Dr Stuart Neilson and Dr Frank Clifford Rose. Class Publishing, 2003.
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Multiple Sclerosis at your Fingertips. Ian Robinson, Dr Stuart Neilson and Dr Frank Clifford Rose. Class Publishing, 2000.
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The Cork and Kerry Diabetes and Heart Disease Study: A Report to the Department of Health & Children and the Souther Health Board. Dr Don Creagh and Dr Stuart Neilson. University College Cork, 2000.

National Parasuicide Registry of Ireland Annual Reports. Dr Stuart Neilson and Colin Thunhurst. National Suicide Research Foundation, 2000 onwards.

A Dispatch from the Front Line: The Views of People with Multiple Sclerosis about their Needs. A Report for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Ian Robinson, Maggie Hunter and Stuart Neilson. Brunel MS Research Unit, June 1996.

Mathematical modelling of inherent susceptibility to fatal disease. (Ph.D.) Stuart Neilson. The Department of Computer Science, Brunel, The University of West London, 1994.

A new approach to the epidemiology of ALS/MND: problems and possibilities in a national register of patients with ALS/MND. Ian Robinson, Maggie Hunter and Stuart Neilson. In: Frank Clifford Rose, ed. New Evidence in MND/aLS research 2. London: Smith-Gordon and Company, 1991.



Marie Walshe. Interview with Dr. Stuart Neilson, On the Lived Experience of Asperger’s Syndrome. Lacunae, 2018;16:54-63.
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Stuart Neilson. Asocial People are also a Piece of the Continent. Speak Your Mind, 2014;8:20-21.


Corcoran, P., Burke, U., Byrne, S., Chambers, D., Daly, C., Hennessy, A. M., Keeley, H., Kelleher M.J., McAuliffe, C., McCarthy, J., McCarthy, M., Lawlor, M., Neilson, S., O’Sullivan, M., Perry, I.J. & Williamson, E. Suicidal Behaviour in Ireland. Suicidal Behaviour in Europe. Results from the WHO/EURO Multicentre Study on Suicidal Behaviour. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, (2004), 97-111.

Power B, Neilson S, Perry IJ. Perception of the risks of smoking in the general population and among general practitioners in Ireland. Ir J Med Sci. 2004;173(3):141-4


Creagh D, Neilson S, Collins A, Colwell N, Hinchion R, Drew C, O’Halloran D, Perry IJ. Established cardiovascular disease and CVD risk factors in a primary care population of middle-aged Irish men and women. Ir Med J. 2002 Nov-Dec;95(10):298-301.


Neilson S. The paradox of compressed morbidity: Rising individual health and longevity adversely affect population health indices. J Epidemiol Community Health 2001;A1-A56:4.


Kelleher MJ, Keohane B, Corcoran P, Keeley HS, Neilson S. An investigation of 100 Cork Suicides. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 2000;17(3):86-90.


Turner-Stokes L, Tonge P, Nyein K, Hunter M, Neilson S, Robinson I. The Northwick Park Dependency Score (NPDS): a measure of nursing dependency in rehabilitation. Clin Rehabil. 1998 Aug;12(4):304-18. PMID: 9744666.


Neilson S, Robinson I, Rose FC. The correlation of motor neuron disease with radiation – an objection to the hypothesis of Neilson et al – reply. Journal of Neurology, 1997;244(1):57-58


Neilson S. No Threshold. New Scientist, 1996;2011:43

Neilson S. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy – risk to human population is remote. BMJ, 1996 Apr 20;312(7037):1038-1039. PMID 8616366.

Neilson S, Robinson I, Pedro-Cuesta J and Veiga-Cabo J. Decline and rise of mortality from motor neurone disease in Spain, 1960-1989: Demographic, environmental and competitive influences. Neuroepidemiology 1996;15(4):180-191. PMID: 8817500.

Neilson S, Robinson I and Rose FC. Ecological correlates of motor neuron disease mortality: A hypothesis concerning an epidemiological association with radon gas and gamma exposure. Journal of Neurology, 1996 Apr;243(4):329-336. PMID: 8965106.


Neilson S, Robinson I and Rose FC. Mortality from motor neuron disease in Japan, 1950-1990: association with fallout from atmospheric weapons testing. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 1995;134(1-2):61-66. PMID: 8747845.


Neilson S, Robinson I and Nymoen EH. Longitudinal analysis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis mortality in Norway, 1966-1989: Evidence for a susceptible subpopulation. J Neurol Sci. 1994 Apr;122(2):148-154. PMID: 8021698.

Neilson S, Robinson I and Alperovitch A. Rising amyotrophic lateral sclerosis mortality in France 1968-1990: Increased life expectancy and inter-disease competition as an explanation. J Neurol. 1994 Jun;241(7):448-455. PMID: 7931447.

Neilson S, Gunnarsson L-G and Robinson I. Rising mortality from motor neurone disease in Sweden, 1961-1990: The relative role of increased population life expectancy and environmental factors. Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 1994 Sep;90(3):150-159. PMID: 7847054.

Neilson S and Robinson I. Reinterpreting mortality statistics – Reply. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 1994;47(6):698-699.


Hunter M, Robinson I and Neilson S. Factor analysis of the 12-item General Health Questionnaire in a study of people with motor neurone disease. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, [In press].

Robinson I and Neilson S. Prenatal diagnosis of late-onset conditions. BMJ. 1993 Apr 17;306(6884):1065. PMID: 8490512.

Neilson S. Affluence to blame. New Scientist, 1993;1896:48

Neilson S, Robinson I, Rose FC and Hunter M. Rising mortality from motor neurone disease – an explanation. Acta Neurol Scand. 1993 Mar;87(3):184-191. PMID: 8475687.

Neilson S, Robinson I and Kondo K. A new analysis of mortality from motor neurone disease in Japan, 1950-1990: Rise and fall in the postwar years. J Neurol Sci. 1993 Jul;117(1-2):46-53. PMID: 8410066.

Neilson S, Robinson I and Hunter M. Static and dynamic models of interdisease competition: past and projected mortality from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis. Mech Ageing Dev. 1993 Jan;66(3):223-241. PMID: 8469015.

Neilson S and Robinson I. Reinterpreting mortality statistics: Some uses of Gompertzian analysis in epidemiological research. J Clin Epidemiol 1993 Sep;46(9):1063-1069. PMID: 8263579.

Neilson S and Robinson I. Cross-sectional Gompertzian analysis: The development of a ‘Gompertz mortality ratio’ (GMR) and its applicability. Mech Ageing Dev. 1993 May;68(1-3):137-149. PMID: 8350654.

Hunter M, Robinson IC and Neilson S. The functional and psychological status of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Some implications for rehabilitation. Disabil Rehabil. 1993 Jul-Sep;15(3);119-126. PMID: 8374156.


Neilson S. Growing Pains [letter]. New Scientist, 1992;1837:44-45.

Neilson S, Robinson I and Hunter M. Longitudinal Gompertzian analysis of ALS mortality in England and Wales, 1963-1990: Estimates of susceptibility in the general population. Mech Ageing Dev. 1992 Jun;64(1-2):201-216. PMID: 1630157.


Neilson S. Family Mystery [letter]. New Scientist, 1991;1785:65.