Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Charlotte Allan

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Background

Key interests

Dementia; Late life mood disorder; Neuroimaging; Clinical Trials; Epidemiology;

 

Qualifications

BA (Hons), University of Leeds, 2004

MBChB (Hons), University of Leeds, 2006

MRCPsych, 2011

MD (Res) University College London, 2014

DGM (Diploma in Geriatric Medicine) Royal College of Physicians, 2015

 

Clinical roles and responsibilities

  • Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.


Other roles and responsibilities

  • Green Shoots funding (North-East and Cumbria Clinical Research Network) for commercial clinical trials in dementia
  • Academic Clinical Collaboration in Dementia, Deputy Lead, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tyne Base Unit Lead for Mental Health, Newcastle University



Research

My research focuses on dementia and depression in late life. By understanding more about the causes of these conditions I seek to identify how people can boost their resilience to illness, and maintain an active and healthy old age. I am interested in how individuals can reduce their risk of dementia and depression by addressing risk factors (e.g. for cardiovascular disease), and through using medication to prevent and treat disease. 

My approach combines epidemiology and brain imaging, and sits at the interface of psychiatry and neuroscience. I have experience in working with healthy controls (Whitehall Imaging Cohort, University of Oxford) and using Magnetic Resonance Imaging to explore risk factors for memory loss and depression. In addition, I am interested in how clinical services can best support patients in terms of reaching a diagnosis of dementia, and after diagnosis, for example through an improved interface between primary and secondary care.

 


Teaching

Teaching and training is an integral part of my role and I am always keen to encourage students and junior doctors with an interest in old age mental health. I am accredited as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, 2011) and have a formal role as Tyne Base Unit Lead for Mental Health co-ordinating medical student psychiatry teaching in the Tyne Base Unit, Newcastle University.

I lecture on old age psychiatry to undergraduate (EJR and ESR) courses and lecture to postgraduate audiences including GPs and specialty trainees.

Publications