Professor Christina Victor
Professor of Gerontology and Public Health, Vice Dean (Research) for the College of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and Director of the Institute for Health, Medicine and Environments
Place of work / study:
Brunel University London
Area of Research:
My research interests focus upon health and wellbeing in later life and I have specific interests in health inequalities; the evaluation of services for older people; exercise and activity in later life and the experiences of old age and later life amongst minority communities and people with lifelong disabilities. I have an international reputation for my research in the field of loneliness and isolation and I am activity engaged with policy makers, practitioners and third sector organisations working in this field.
How is your work funded?
My research has been supported by a range of different funders including UKRI, NIHR and charities including the Nuffield Trust, Leverhulme Trust Guide Dog’s and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I have a background in geography and public health and have spent my professional life as an academic teaching students and researching in the field of gerontology. I have been at Brunel since 2009 where I love working because it has a very diverse student population; a lot of first in family students and a strong ethos of public engagement.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am a world champion (masters-the polite term for veteran which starts aged 25) swimmer and British record holder! I ran the very first London Marathon.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
My interest in dementia, was initially around their experiences of loneliness and isolation. This has expanded to include their carers and a broader focus on wellbeing through my participation in the IDEAL research programme. We can’t yet cure or prevent dementia but we can try to maximise the quality of life for those with dementia and their carer. This is why the IDEAL research programme, with its explicit focus on ‘living well’ is both so important and fits with my research interests and values, in particular the involvement of people with dementia and their carers.
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