Emily Ball


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 Professor Dorota Religa (Karolinska Institutet).



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


Undergraduate teaching

  • 2021: Course tutor - Research and Evidence-Based Medicine MBChB course
  • 2020: Co-supervisor - BSc Biomedical Sciences systematic review projects

Research summary

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


  • European Geriatric Medicine Society E-Congress 2020 - Poster presentation
  • UK Stroke Forum 2020 - Poster presentation (awarded the BSRG Poster Prize)
  • Scottish Dementia Research Consortium 2021 - Poster presentation
  • OPSYRIS 2021 - Short presentation

Papers delivered

Ball EL, Owen-Booth B, Gray A, Shenkin SD, Hewitt J, McCleery J. Aromatherapy for dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020(8).

Ball EL, Sutherland R, Squires C, Mead GE, Religa D, Lundström E, Cheyne J, Wardlaw JM, Quinn TJ, Shenkin SD. Predicting post-stroke cognitive impairment using acute CT neuroimaging: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Stroke. 2021 Sep 29:17474930211045836.