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Dr Tom Russ
NHS Lothian and University of Edinburgh
I am a consultant psychiatrist in NHS Lothian, an honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Dementia Prevention, University of Edinburgh, and Co-Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre, University of Edinburgh. I divide my time equally between NHS clinical work and research. My clinical work is in three HBCCC (hospital-based complex clinical care, i.e. long-term care) units, two for people with dementia and one for older adults with functional mental illness. My research began by examining geographical variation in dementia risk in Scotland and Sweden (and later Italy, Chile, New Zealand, and Japan) and now focuses on environmental risk factors for dementia, such as sunlight (and consequently vitamin D levels) and air pollution. The aim is to identify and understand how the most important factors affect dementia risk with a view to delaying the onset of symptoms and, ultimately, preventing dementia.