Profile – Dr Ivan Koychev

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Dr Ivan Koychev

Job Title:

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry

Place of work / study:

University of Oxford

Area of Research:

Defining early disease biomarkers in dementia

How is your research funded:

My salary is funded through NIHR and the two main projects I work on are MRC-funded. One further project is funded by the Alzheimer’s society and I have attracted smaller grants from Alzheimer’s Research UK, Academy of Medical Sciences and the Oxford University Clinical Graduate School.

Tell us a little about yourself:

After my medical degree in Sofia I decided to do a PhD before carrying on with my specialty training. I did that at Manchester with Professor Bill Deakin who is a great inspiration. Then I joined the psychiatry training schemes first at King’s College London and now at Oxford. In my spare I time I enjoy underperforming at racket sports.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I organised and co-presented a medical students TV show for a local station in Sofia. Highly cringeworthy

Why did you choose to work in dementia:

I am interested in developing new treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders. I found that dementia is the area where I could see basic science findings being translated into clinical interventions.

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