Emily Ball

Thesis title: Predicting post-stroke dementia from CT neuroimaging and other biomarkers


Emily graduated from the University of York in 2015, having completed a degree in Psychology BSc (Hons). During her degree, Emily was awarded a funded internship to work with Professor Beth Jefferies and Dr Hannah Thompson to explore long-term memory deficits in patients with stroke.

In 2017, Emily completed an MSc in Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Bristol. For her masters dissertation, Emily joined the Dementia Research Group to investigate the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease, focusing on the relationship between intracerebral beta-amyloid, systemic hypertension, and hypoperfusion in the brain.

Emily continued to pursue her interest in stroke and dementia and began her PhD in 2018, in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on identifying clinically relevant biomarkers that are associated with the development of post-stroke dementia. To address her research questions, Emily undertakes Cochrane and systematic reviews, a survey of healthcare professionals, and data linkage studies in Scotland and Sweden. She is supervised by Dr Susan Shenkin and Professor Gillian Mead (University of Edinburgh), Dr Terry Quinn (University of Glasgow) and Associate Professor Dorota Religa (Karolinska Institutet).



  • Molecular Neuroscience MSc, University of Bristol
  • Psychology BSc (Hons), University of York


Undergraduate teaching

  • 2020: BSc Biomedical Sciences co-supervisor - systematic review projects

Research summary

  • Data linkage using electronic health records
  • Systematic reviews
  • Cochrane reviews


  • EuGMS E-Congress 2020 - Poster presentation