Profile – Dr Christoph Mueller

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Dr Christoph Mueller

Job Title:

Academic Clinical Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry

Place of work / study:

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London

Area of Research:

Complexity in Dementia; Use of routinely collected data in dementia research; Pharmacoepidemiology; Lewy body dementias

How is your research funded:

NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship

Tell us a little about yourself:

I graduated from the University of Leipzig (Germany) in 2008. As part of my medical degree I spent time at the University of Bergen (Norway) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA). I was awarded an MD from the University of Leipzig for research on the interaction of pain receptors in the spinal cord. For an Improvement Leader Fellowship at the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Northwest London and an MSc at UCL I researched the service needs of people who sustained a traumatic brain injury.  Since 2012 I have been training to become an Old Age Psychiatrist and was awarded an NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship in March 2017.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I did my foundation year in Norway, and the GP rotation in an island community called Finnøy kommune. Out of hours and for medical emergencies islands we used an ambulance boat with a fully equipped examination room, which became particularly important when Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in 2010 and no helicopters or planes could fly for several days.

Why did you choose to work in dementia:

As an Old Age Psychiatrist, dementia is one of my core areas of expertise, especially complex and challenging presentations. With Old Age Psychiatry being one of the broadest medical specialities, I enjoy unravelling and addressing the wide range of mental and interlinked physical health problems my patients present with, as these can represent a neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia, occur in addition to dementia, or form a potential risk factor for dementia.  Optimising treatment according to dementia sub type and taking comorbidities into consideration is one of the most interesting challenges.

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