Dr Blossom Stephan
Senior Lecturer

  • Email: blossom.stephan@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3811
  • Address: Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Institute for Health & Society
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle Biomedical Research Building
    Campus for Ageing and Vitality
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE4 5PL


I am an epidemiologist and have training in psychology and mathematical statistics. I am part of the Ageing, Health and Society Research Group at the Institute of Health and Society.

I am pleased to consider applications from prospective Masters and PhD students.


2001-2004       Doctorate of Philosophy [Science], Sydney University, Australia
2000                  Honours in Psychology, Sydney University, Australia (Class I)
1997-1999       BA [Majors: Psychology and Mathematical Statistics], Sydney University, Australia

Career History

2012-                 Lecturer Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, UK         
2011-2012        Senior Research Associate (Risk Prediction), Cambridge University, UK
2008-2010        European Research into Ageing Future Leaders of Ageing Research (FLARE) Fellow
2009-2010        Research Mobility INSERM U708, Hôpital La Salpêtrière, France
2006-2008        Post Doctoral Research Associate, Cambridge University, UK
2004-2006        Research Analyst The Brain Resource Company, Head Office, Sydney, Australia
2002-2004        Demonstrator/Lecturer (Schools of Psychology & Mathematics/Statistics; Sydney University


2011-2012       Research Associate, Clare College, Cambridge University
2008-Present   Cambridge Neuroscience Network (http://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/)
2006-2010       Post-doctoral Research Associate, Trinity Hall College, Cambridge University
1998-Present   Golden Key National Honour Society, Sydney University, Australia

Research Interests

My research focuses on issues related to risk prediction of neurodegenerative diseases. I am working with several large epidemiological studies including: (i) The Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (CFAS, UK); (ii) The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer study (EPIC-Norfolk, UK); (iii) The 3 City Study (France) and, (iv) The InCHIANTI study (Italy). The aim is to integrate risk factor research across multiple disciplines (e.g., genetics, metabolic, nutrition, cardiovascular, cognition and lifestyle) to identify not only those individuals at risk of cognitive decline and dementia, but to determine how different risk and protective factors interact to promote health in older age. I am also the lead investigator for the EPIC-Norfolk Neuroimaging Pilot Study.


2012-2016 Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences PhD studentship (Stephan & Robinson; £59,875)

2012 CFAS II Intervention Platform (Brayne & Stephan; MRC £28,000)

2012 Newcastle University, Institute of Health and Society, Strategic Development Award (£6,550)

2012 Guarantors of Brain [International Stroke Conference] (£800)

2011 Alzheimer’s Research UK Travel Grant [ICAD 2011] (£1,000)

2009-2010 Alzheimer’s Research UK Pilot Grant (£28,232)

2008-2010 European Research into Ageing Future Leaders of Ageing Fellowship (£250,167)

2007 Travel Fellowship, Department of Medical Education, Mount Sinai Medical Centre, USA

2001-2004 Australian Postgraduate Award

2002-2004 Sydney University, School of Psychology Departmental Research Grant (Travel)

2003 Sydney University, School of Psychology Departmental Research Grant (Research)


  1. An Integrated Investigation of Vascular Cognitive Impairment in Population Based Studies Across Europe (Co PI: Dr Blossom Stephan)
  2. Development of a System to Grade White Matter Integrity to Differentiate Normal Ageing, Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging in the Population (PI: Professor Carol Brayne)


1. MODULE LEAD Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (HSC8053)

2. Healthcare Organisation and Practice (BMS3015)
Lecture The Public Health Impact of Ageing

3. Medicine in the Community (MiC)
Lecture Understanding risk as numbers
Lecture Medical Screening

4. Applied Epidemiology (HSC8046)
Lecture Associations with age, sex and ethnicity and chronic disease

5. Introduction to Research Study Design and Stats (MRC8002)
Lecture Evidence-based medicine: systematic reviews, meta-analysis and national guidelines 


Analysis of Large Datasets and Advanced Statistics in Health Research  

Current Student Supervision

PhD (Ms Stephanie Harrison, Dr Eugene Tang)

MsC (Ms Lisa Hale, Mr Connor Richardson)

Biomedical Science (Mr Howard Hollis)

MBBS/MsC Personal Tutor