Clinical Professor of Ageing
Bernadette trained in geriatric medicine and general internal medicine. During this time she graduated with an MD for work on neuropsychological changes in dementia and was awarded the Paul Beeson Career Development Award in 2007 which afforded three further years of research into mild cognitive impairment leading to a PhD. She currently works as Clinical Professor of Ageing within the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast and Consultant Geriatrician in the Belfast Trust where she leads a memory service. From a research perspective she is especially interested in Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment and the role of inflammation and nutrition in neurodegeneration; she leads a research portfolio of studies in these areas. Bernadette is Clinical Lead of the Northern Ireland Cohort of Longitudinal Ageing (NICOLA) study and leads on an NIA funded study comprehensively assessing cognition in NICOLA participants (HCAP).