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Carol Brayne: wants to help save the NHS

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4002


Carol Brayne, professor of public health medicine at Cambridge, has pioneered the study of dementia in the population, launching two major longitudinal studies of the health and cognitive functioning of 30 000 older people. The results underpin our understanding of dementia, showing (among many other things) that dementia can occur without the expected changes in brain pathology and that such changes, when they do occur, do not invariably lead to dementia. Her studies provide the basis for planning long term care needs in England and have recently shown that, age for age, the prevalence of dementia is declining.

What was your earliest ambition?

Possibly to be a librarian, the start of a lifelong love of books.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Two people. Gerry Shaper, professor of clinical epidemiology at the Royal …

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