Carmen Brack is a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, her research is focussed on the proactive identification of frailty using electronic primary care data. She gained a First Class (Hons) Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness) in 2020 and Master in Public Health in 2021, both from the University of Aberdeen.
Her PhD project is being completed using linked primary care and social care datasets from NHS Highland with the aim of identifying the GP codes which are predictive of social care need within 12 months. The aim of this is to identify those at risk of a social care crisis before it occurs. Her interest in ageing and frailty research began during her undergraduate degree where she enjoyed the work around neurodegenerative disease and continued as she undertook a summer internship at the local social care provider as a data analyst in 2019.
Alongside her PhD, Carmen also has taken up roles as a teaching assistant and as a liaison with a local youth media group to facilitate their science focus and connections with the University. She also has two adopted guinea pigs and to help balance out the stress of a PhD has recently taken up yoga.