Dr Alex Tsui
Consultant academic geriatrician, honorary clinical research fellow
Place of work / study:
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at University College London
Area of Research:
I research population epidemiology of acute illness decompensation in older people, primarily delirium, use machine learning prediction of older patients’ outcomes after acute illness and explore multimodal deep phenotyping of delirium recovery.
How is your work funded?
Tell us a little about yourself:
I am a consultant academic geriatrician, completing my specialist clinical training in London Northwest deanery following medical school at the University of Oxford. I completed two research fellowships, with a one-year clinical research fellowship and a three year Alzheimer’s Society PhD clinical research fellowship at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing in UCL.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am a sneakerhead
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
Dementia and cognitive impairment are huge unsolved issues within society, in the context of an ageing population. The heterogeneity of the problem itself encourages a breadth of approaches – there is no single “correct” route towards enhancing our knowledge of dementia.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Be imaginative, aim high while being realistic, find yourself a good/ several mentors!