Dr Donald M Lyall is a Research Associate in Public Health at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow. His main interest is in ageing; what are the factors which make people more or less likely to age well, mentally and physically?
His research involves genetic and non-genetic analyses to look at ageing-related outcomes like cardiometabolic diseases (e.g. hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease), as well as psychological traits including cognitive ability and mental health. Donald works with large, existing epidemiological cohorts like UK Biobank, ALSPAC and the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936.
Donald has published in journals like Neurobiology of Aging, European Heart Journal and Molecular Psychiatry. He has presented his work to the public in places like Pint of Science and Café Scientifique.
The UK Biobank cohort (n=502,628) is a landmark study of physical and mental health in the general UK population. In this talk, Dr Lyall will summarise some of the findings his team have reported including genetic contributions to cognitive abilities (e.g. reasoning or memory), overlap between cardiometabolic and cognitive functions, and whether the novel cognitive test data is valid, reliable and useable for researchers. He will also discuss some of the novel techniques his team are using to try and address causality in this cross-sectional cohort.