Phyo worked in the Clinical Gerontology Unit as a Clinical Research Fellow between May 2004 and October 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Kay-Tee Khaw CBE. He now holds the position of Clinical Chair in Medicine of Old Age at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
His thesis was based on the SF-36 data of EPIC-Norfolk and entitled “Determinants and outcomes of functional health in the EPIC-Norfolk Cohort”. He was awarded the Stroke Association Clinical Fellowship and continued his clinical epidemiological work with IPH under Prof. Khaw’s supervision, on novel risk factors for stroke.
His special interests include cardiovascular and cerebrovascular epidemiology and cognition, functional health (healthy ageing), and the prognosis of pneumonia.
Phyo said: ‘This research fellow post and training has converted me from clinician to a clinical researcher. More importantly the epidemiological training allows me to work on a spectrum of translational research projects from observational epidemiology to randomised clinical trials’.
‘I think a strong understanding of population health does make one a better clinician when you are dealing with a patient in front of you. The knowledge of risk factors, clinical effectiveness of interventions, and population level factors that determine health make your advice to the patient more personal, achievable and balanced’.
‘Currently I hold the position of Clinical Chair in Medicine of Old Age. The University of the Aberdeen is one of the oldest universities in English speaking world with great traditions. It also has a great collaborative and nurturing environment where a person with my background can make a significant contribution to clinical, teaching and research’.