John M Starr

Personal details

Name                          John M Starr

Title                             Consultant Physician & Honorary Professor of Health & Ageing

Institution                    University of Edinburgh

Contact                       t: 01316504340          e:

Education and professional qualifications                                 

2013    PhD                 University of Edinburgh

2005    FRSPH           Royal Society of Public Health

1998    FRCPEd         Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

1985    MA                  Cambridge University

1984    MBBS             King’s College, London


Current and previous posts

1995-               Consultant Physician & Honorary Professor of Health & Ageing

1993-1995      Senior Registrar, Hammersmith Hospital, London

1990-1993      Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, University of Edinburgh

1989-90          Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh


Other current positions of responsibility

2011-              Editor-in-Chief, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics

2011-              Director, Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre

2008 –            Co-Director, Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology

2006-              Elected Trustee, Alzheimer’s Scotland



Theology in Scotland, Fraser Theology Essay, 2015 (for best theological essay in Scotland on a biomedical theme)

Tenovus Scotland’s Margaret MacLellan Award, 2006 (for ‘Best research on the brain in Scotland’)

Health Foundation, Leading Practice through Research award, 2003-5

National Physical Laboratory Metrology Prize, 1991


Current grants

2016-2021       Starr (PI): Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre: Alzheimer Scotland £750,000

2015-2019       Deary et al: Brain imaging and cognitive ageing in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936, III: MRC £1,316,451

2015-2016       Gallacher et al: Integrated Dementia Research Environment: MRC £40,849,849

2014-2019       Gallacher et al: UK Dementia Platform Stage 1: MRC £5,700,000

2013-2018       Dibben et al: Administrative Data Research Centre (Scotland): ESRC £6,792,409


Clinical status

Clinically qualified and clinically active


Recent publications

Deckers K, Camerino I, van Boxtel MP, Verhey FR, Irving K, Brayne C, Kivipelto M, Starr JM, Yaffe K, de Leeuw PW, Köhler S. Dementia risk in renal dysfunction: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies. Neurology. 2017;88:198-208.

Pinter D, Ritchie SJ, Doubal F, Gattringer T, Morris Z, Bastin ME, Del C Valdés Hernández M, Royle NA, Corley J, Muñoz Maniega S, Pattie A, Dickie DA, Staals J, Gow AJ, Starr JM, Deary IJ, Enzinger C, Fazekas F, Wardlaw J. Impact of small vessel disease in the brain on gait and balance. Sci Rep 2017;7:41637.

Russ TC, Hannah J, Batty GD, Booth CC, Deary IJ, Starr JM. Childhood cognitive ability and incident dementia: the 1932 Scottish Mental Survey cohort into their tenth decade. Epidemiology 2017 doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000626.

Cox SR, Valdés Hernández MD, Kim J, Royle NA, MacPherson SE, Ferguson KJ, Muñoz Maniega S, Anblagan D, Aribisala BS, Bastin ME, Park J, Starr JM, Deary IJ, MacLullich AM, Wardlaw JM. Associations between hippocampal morphology, diffusion characteristics, and salivary cortisol in older men. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2017;78:151-158.

Smith K, Ricaud B, Shahid N, Rhodes S, Starr JM, Ibáñez A, Parra MA, Escudero J, Vandergheynst P. Locating Temporal Functional Dynamics of Visual Short-Term Memory Binding using Graph Modular Dirichlet Energy. Sci Rep 2017;7:42013.

Mendelson MM, Marioni RE, Joehanes R, Liu C, Hedman ÅK, Aslibekyan S, Demerath EW, Guan W, Zhi D, Yao C, Huan T, Willinger C, Chen B, Courchesne P, Multhaup M,