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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.

Alison's Research Story

Alison's Research Story

Alison Yarnall says...

"Research is vital for patients and their treating clinicians – get involved and get your patients involved!"

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I completed my PhD in 2013 at Newcastle University which was looking at biomarkers of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. I am now Professor of Geriatric Medicine; Deputy Director of the Clinical Ageing Research Unit; and Honorary Consultant in Older People’s Medicine at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

I have a particular interest in mobility, cognition, gait and falls in people with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases and has published more than 100 articles in this topic area.  

I run a specialist clinic for older adults with Parkinson’s and complex health needs in Newcastle Hospitals, in addition to a general medical memory clinic. I am passionate about improving care in Parkinson’s disease and related conditions.  For this to happen, we need to ensure we have an understanding of the disease mechanisms and we can generate evidenced-based practice.

Alison Yarnall's top 3 tips

Find a research-active clinician to shadow

Attend relevant meetings in your chosen field

The NIHR website has helpful tips for those starting out in research.

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