Dr Ivan Koychev
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.