Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Claire McDonald

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer

Background

Introduction

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.

Background

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 

Qualifications

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 

Membership

Royal College of Physicians

British Geriatric Society

American Hypertension Society

Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases (DemaNDs) Research Group Research



Teaching

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

Research

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.

Publications