Profile – Hannah Hussain, The University of Sheffield

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Hannah Hussain


Hannah Hussain

Job title:

PhD candidate and community pharmacist

Place of work / study:

The University of Sheffield

Area of Research:

Measuring and valuing health related quality of life in people with dementia.

How is your work funded?

My PhD is funded by the Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions (EEPRU), a research collaboration between the universities of Sheffield and York

Tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in Manchester, UK and graduated from the University of Nottingham with a master’s degree in pharmacy. It was in my third year of undergraduate university that I realised pharmacy wasn’t entirely for me and I started exploring alternative career options. After completing my pre-registration, I went on to do a master’s of health economic and health policy at the University of Birmingham. Since then, I worked as a health economic research associate at the University of Manchester for a couple of years before enrolling onto a PhD programme the University of Sheffield in 2020. I still work in community pharmacy to retain my clinical skills too. Outside of work I love to cook and bake, and I am always trialling new recipes!

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

At the start of 2020 I went on Ready, Steady, Cook! competing against my mum. We had an amazing time being on set and cooking alongside professional chefs. However, the student has not yet become the master… as of course my mum’s team won!

Why did you choose to work in dementia?

My interest in neuropsychology started during my Psychology A level, where I was first introduced to the concepts of cognition and behaviour, and how physical changes to the brain can have such huge impacts upon mental process. However, it wasn’t until my job as a research associate where I worked on dementia trials that my passion and interest in dementia specifically grew and hasn’t stopped growing!     

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