Dr Tom Russ
Consultant Psychiatrist & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer
I trained in medicine and psychiatry in Edinburgh, the Highlands and London and work clinically with older people with functional mental illness and dementia. I am secretary of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland philosophy and psychiatry special interest group and sit on the Working with Older People steering group at Human Development Scotland (formerly the Scottish Institute of Human Relations).
I would like to encourage any students interested in dementia research, whether or not it happens to be in connection with an SSC block, to contact me about potential projects. I am or have recently supervised projects on temporal trends in dementia rates, music and dementia, and the concept of personhood in dementia so I’d be very pleased to hear from students whatever their focus of interest.
Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh: Medical Science with Honours in Psychology
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Edinburgh
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh: An integrated investigation into dementia risk factors: insights from geography, record linkage, and individual participant meta-analysis
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice , University of Edinburgh
Responsibilities & affiliations
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, FHEA
Certificate of Completion of Training in Old Age Psychiatry, CCT
Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, MRCPsych
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
Jude Gibson (non-clinical; Psychiatry; January 2015—): Depression and dementia in Generation Scotland (part of the STRAtifying Depression Longitudinally [STRADL] project funded by the Wellcome Trust)
Stina Saunders (non-clinical; Psychiatry; April 2017—): Adjustment and Clinical outcomes to Mild Cognitive Impairment
Lucy Stirland – PSYSTAR Clinical Research Fellow (clinical; Psychiatry; August 2016—)
Katherine Walesby (clinical; Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre/Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology; August 2015—): Geographical variation in dementia in the 1947 Scottish Mental Survey Cohort.
I have been investigating geographical variation in dementia risk for a number of years and we have found substantial variation with increased risk in the north of Scotland, Sweden, and Italy, compared to the south. In Sweden, even after taking account of genetic effects, the risk of dementia was still two-to-three times higher in the north compared to the south which suggests an environmental effect. Therefore, I am now focusing on environmental risk factors for dementia, including air pollution and vitamin D deficiency (which relates to sunlight).
- Dementia epidemiology, including geographical variation in dementia, environmental risk factors, and the life course approach
- Psychological distress as a risk factor
- Individual participant meta-analysis
DNA methylation-based measures of accelerated biological ageing and the risk of dementia in the oldest-old
Measuring multimorbidity beyond counting diseases: systematic review of community and population studies and guide to index choice
Respiratory disease and lower pulmonary function as risk factors for dementia: a systematic review with meta-analysis
A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of epigenetic age acceleration
Is Dog Ownership Associated with Mental Health? – A Population Study of 68,362 Adults Living in England
Associations Between Multimorbidity and Cerebrospinal Fluid Amyloid: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD) V500.0 Cohort
Aluminium and fluoride in drinking water in relation to later dementia risk
Identifying dementia outcomes in UK Biobank
Air pollution and brain health
How data science can advance mental health research
Intelligence, Cognitive Reserve, and Dementia
DNA Methylation Signatures of Depressive Symptoms in Middle-aged and Elderly Persons
Does incipient dementia explain normal cognitive decline determinants?
Lifestyle and neurodegeneration in midlife as expressed on functional magnetic resonance imaging: A systematic review
The Digital Support Platform: a qualitative research study investigating the feasibility of an internet-based, post-diagnostic support platform for families living with dementia.
Biomarker assessment of tobacco smoking exposure and risk of dementia death: pooling of individual-participant data from 14 cohort studies
Physical fitness and dementia risk in the very old
Passive smoking as a risk factor for dementia and cognitive impairment
Evolution and future directions for the concept of Mild Cognitive Impairment
The Edinburgh Consensus: Preparing for the advent of disease-modifying therapies for Alzheimer's disease