Dr Terry Quinn MBChB (Hons); BSc (Med Sci); MD; MRCP

Dr Terry Quinn MBChB (Hons); BSc (Med Sci); MD; MRCP

Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine,
Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences

Terry QuinnThe focus and direction of my research has changed over my career so far, but throughout this time the University of Glasgow has provided invaluable support and guidance. 

As an undergraduate with an interest in the mechanisms of disease and psychiatry, I undertook a BSc (Med Sci) in Pathology at Glasgow.  Building on the excellent training provided through my BSc, I successfully applied for scholarships to pursue further study in neuropathology and within the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

In the early years of clinical medicine my interest turned to cerebrovascular disease and having gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians I took two years out of programme to work within the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences.  The Glasgow Graduate School research training programme gave me the generic and transferable skills to work towards a successful MD.  My thesis “Improving outcome assessment for clinical stroke trials” has generated several high impact publications and provided the basis for an ongoing body of work around outcome assessment.

There have been substantial changes in Scottish medical training over the last years, with more formalised career paths for enthusiastic junior academics a particular strength.  Having completed my MD, I was able to apply for a West of Scotland, Clinical Lectureship post in Geriatric Medicine.  This post allows me to continue clinical training but also gives me protected time for academic work.

An advantage of working in Glasgow is the opportunity for collaboration with enthusiastic colleagues from other disciplines both within the city and internationally.  Thus, while my research was initially focussed on stroke assessment, my portfolio has quickly expanded to encompass: imaging; systematic review & meta-analyses; health economics; teaching assessment; history of medicine and clinical trials.  Glasgow has an International reputation for its stroke research and in addition to my own research I have been privileged to contribute to publications, guidelines, book chapters and editorials in the field.  My research continues to evolve in exciting directions.  For example, an emerging area of research interest is the high prevalence of dementia in stroke survivors.  To further work in the area, I will spend my summer working and training with Department of Psychiatry in University of Oxford – a return to my original undergraduate interests.