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Blossom Stephan

Professor of Neuroepidemiology And Global Ageing, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Professor Stephan completed her training in psychology and mathematical statistics at Sydney University in Australia (1997-99; Honors Class I, Psychology, 2000). Her PhD was in the field of clinical neuropsychology, undertaken at the School of Psychology at Sydney University (2001-04). Professor Stephan completed her postdoctoral training in epidemiology and public health at Cambridge University, at the Institute of Public Health and Primary Care (2006-08). In 2008, she was awarded the EU Future Leaders in Ageing Research Fellowship, as the UK representative of this award (2008-10), and in 2011 became a Senior Research Associate in risk prediction at Cambridge University. In 2012, she was appointed as a Lecturer within the Ageing, Health and Society Research Group at the Institute of Health and Society, at Newcastle University. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2015. She moved to Nottingham University in June 2019 to become a Professor in Neuroepidemiology and Global Ageing. She is also an Honorary Visiting Professor (Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behavior) at the University of Leicester and held a visiting professorship at Sapienza University of Rome (2018-19). She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and has a funding portfolio of over £5M.

Expertise Summary

Professor Stephan's research focuses on dementia and cognitive ageing in population-based settings. 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.

Since 2006, she has led the Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) research program within the Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS). In the last five years, she has built a very strong foundation for global health research in the fields of ageing and dementia. She is currently deputy-director of the only National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Group focused on dementia (DEPeC: Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care).

Teaching Summary

I teach on several modules on the topics dementia, epidemiology and quantitative methods.

I currently welcome applications from fully-funded prospective PhD students.

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