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My research in a nutshell

My research focuses on people who have suffered a stroke due to bleeding in the brain (intracerebral haemorrhage, or ICH). During my 3-year British Heart Foundation sponsored PhD, I am investigating the importance of blood pressure control for those who survive ICH.

Blood pressure variability is a term to describe fluctuations in a person's blood pressure.  These fluctuations might increase the chances of future strokes, heart disease or even death for ICH survivors. At the present time, doctors focus on a person's 'average' or 'mean' blood pressure when they prescribe treatments for patients after ICH, but they don't measure fluctuations.  Are these fluctuations important? And if so, how do we detect and treat them in ICH patients? I aim to find out!

In parallel with my PhD project I will be working with leaders in the field, helping with the running of large research trials that aim to improve the lives of stroke survivors. In doing so, I'll be training to be a research leader of the future.

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Honorary neurology registrar July 2018 onwards

Clinical fellow in neurology Sept – Oct 2017

Core medical training Aug 2015 – Aug 2017

Junior clinical fellow in stroke medicine Feb – Aug 2015

Foundation training Aug 2012 – Aug 2014

Visiting and Research Positions

4-month voluntary research elective at the George Institute for Global Health, September 2014 to January 2015

Medical elective with the Brain Injury Outcomes Group at Johns Hopkins University, Summer 2011

Teaching

Practical Neurology for Junior Doctors (March 2014 and June 2016)

Neurology teaching day for finals students (May 2013 and May 2014)

Neuroanatomy teaching: student selected study module (May-June 2011)

Small group teaching presentations (various) and neurology clinical skills teaching

Collaborative Activity

Blood pressure in Acute Stroke Collaboration (BASC)

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Newcastle University

2012

Award Date: 12 Jun 2012

Keywords

  • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
  • Stroke
  • Intracerebral haemorrhage
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical trials
  • Blood pressure

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