Tom Russ




Dr Tom C. Russ





Member, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre

Associate Member, Centre for Cognitive Ageing & Cognitive Epidemiology


Alzheimer Scotland Clinical Research Fellow, Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network, NHS Scotland





Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ



Tom is a higher trainee in old age psychiatry, currently out of training working full-time in research

Ongoing research projects

Late-onset dementia in the 1932 Scottish Mental Survey Cohort: is there evidence of clustering?
Using record linkage to identify which participants in the 1932 Scottish Mental Survey have developed dementia and to ascertain the geographical distribution of cases.

Health Survey for England
I am analysing data from this annual longitudinal study to investigate predictors of developing dementia and cardiovascular disease including socioeconomic factors and psychological distress.  

Dementia in Swedish twins (HARMONY study:
I am investigating geographical clustering of dementia in this cohort of twins.

Scottish Institute of Human Relations: thinking about older people
This group at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations ( has run two successful study days on psychodynamic insights into later life and a course with an observational component is currently being planned.

Predictors of Hospitalisation
With the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network writing group, I am working on a project looking at predictors of hospitalisation of people with dementia in the hope of being able to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.


Russ, T. C., Hamer, M., Stamatakis, E., Starr, J. M. & Batty, G. D. (In Press). Psychological Distress as a Risk Factor for Dementia Death. Archives of Internal Medicine.

Russ, T. C., Batty, G. D. & Starr, J. M. (In Press). Cognitive and behavioural predictors of survival in Alzheimer disease: results from a sample of treated patients in a tertiary-referral memory clinic. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Russ, T. C. & Morling, J. R. (2011). Cholinesterase Inhibitors for Mild Cognitive Impairment [Protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. (; accessed 23/9/11).

Russ, T. C. (2011).   ‘Inside Story: thinking about human relations in older age.’ Report on a study day held in Edinburgh on 23rd April 2010. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 27: 211-3. (; accessed 23/9/11).

Russ, T. C. & Starr, J. M. (2010). Could early intervention be the key in preventing dementia? [Editorial] BMJ Clinical Evidence, 1st April 2010. (; accessed 21/1/11).

Todd, A., Russ, T. C. & Ogundipe, O. A. (2009). Audit into Knowledge of the Adults with Incapacity Act in an Edinburgh Teaching Hospital. Internet Journal of Healthcare, Law and Ethics 6. (; accessed 24/1/11).