Profile – Dr Zoe Clough

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Dr Zoe Clough

Job title:

Specialty Registrar in Old Age Psychiatry

Place of work / study:

Wessex Deanery. I currently work clinically on a functional psychiatric inpatient ward for older people in Basingstoke. I also work one day a week at the Memory Assessment and Research Centre in Southampton.

Area of Research:

I have an interest in inflammation in mild cognitive impairment and dementia

How is your work funded:

Currently I am employed by the NHS; my academic clinical fellow post as a core psychiatry trainee was funded by the NIHR     

Tell us a little about yourself:

I had my first taste of dementia research as a medical student and subsequently held an academic clinical fellow post in Old Age Psychiatry during my core training.  I completed a project looking at the role of inflammation in mild cognitive impairment. I am now working clinically in an Old Age Psychiatry training programme and use my ‘special interest’ sessions to work at the Memory Assessment and Research centre in Southampton, where I am a sub investigator on dementia clinical trials and soon to take on my first principal investigator role.  I am one of the ‘early career researcher’ representatives to the NIHR National Specialty Group for I have recently applied for a PhD fellowship in dementia research.  I have two young children and work less than full time; I am keen to show others that it is possible to get involved in clinical research as a less than full-timer!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I am the proud owner of a Blue Peter badge for singing in a choir at the Blue Peter proms as a child

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

As a medical student, I witnessed my grandmother deteriorate cognitively with dementia, and how this affected my family.  She inspired me try to do something to understand and treat dementia better.


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