Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Claire McDonald

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer



I am a geriatrician and clinical lecturer with an interest in autonomic dysfunction and cognitive impairment in older adults and people with Parkinson’s disease.


In 2006 I completed my undergraduate medical studies at Newcastle University. I have trained clinically throughout the North East of England and in 2011 took time out of clinical training to undertake a PhD examining the prevalence and associations of neurocardiovascular instability in older adults. In 2014 I became a registrar in geriatric medicine and in 2015 was awarded a post as a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer 


MBBS (2006), Newcastle University

MRCP (2008), Royal College of Physicians

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research (2010), Newcastle University

PhD (2014), Newcastle University

Geriatric Medicine Specialty Certificate (2016), Royal College of Physicians 


Royal College of Physicians

British Geriatric Society

American Hypertension Society

Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases (DemaNDs) Research Group Research


I teach undergraduate medical students and junior doctors throughout the Northern Deanery


My research has examined the prevalence autonomic dysfunction in older adults and its association with cognitive decline. I am currently examining the prevalence and associations of similar symptoms in  in early Parkinson’s disease.