Dr Olivia Hamilton
- Research Associate (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
I am a Research Associate in the Inequalities in Health team at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. Currently, I analyse longitudinal cohort data and linked administrative datasets as part of the National Core Studies - a programme of research established to inform the COVID-19 pandemic response.
I joined the SPHSU in August 2020, having recently gained my PhD in Translational Neuroscience at The University of Edinburgh (supported by the Wellcome Trust). My thesis aimed to advance current understanding of the cognitive changes associated with cerebrovascular dysfunction in older age, specifically those associated with cerebral small vessel disease, a disease that causes approximately 20% of strokes worldwide and contributes to all major forms of dementia.
Previously, I completed a BA in English Language at Cardiff University, before gaining an MSc in Language Sciences (with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience) at University College London. Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a research assistant on the MARQUE project, investigating the quality of life of people with dementia living in care homes and trialling a staff training intervention for the management of agitation in residents with dementia.
To date, my research has focused on the impact of cerebrovascular dysfunction on cognitive ageing and the development of stroke and dementia. I am interested in examining the social determinants of health and in the development of interventions to promote healthy physical and cognitive ageing, in partnership with the communities who are disproportionately affected by poor cerebrovascular health.
Professional activities & recognition
Selected international presentations
- 2020: British Pharmacological Society Annual Conference: Pharmacology 2020 (Online due to COVID-19)
- 2019: Joint World Stroke Organisation/European Stroke Organisation Conference (Milan, Italy)