Dr Thomas Jackson BSc MBBS MRCP(Geriatrics) PhD

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Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Clinician Scientist in Geriatric Medicine
Visiting Consultant in Geriatric Medicine

Contact details

University of Birmingham Research Laboratory. Write-up 1
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Mindelsohn Way
B15 2WB

Dr Jackson is a geriatrician and clinician scientist.  He investigates cognitive disorders in general hospital settings (delirium and dementia) and how these affect both long term cognitive outcomes and the link with the ageing immune system.  He works in the Immunity and Ageing (Immunesenescence) research group within the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing.


Clinician Scientist in Geriatric Medicine

  • PhD 2016
  • MRCP Geriatrics 2012
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods in Cognitive Aging, University of Edinburgh 2011
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians London (MRCP) 2006
  • MBBS, University of London 2003
  • BSc, University of London 2000


Dr Jackson qualified in 2003 in London and moved to Birmingham to complete specialist training in geriatric medicine and general internal medicine in 2007, gaining his certificate of completion of training (CCT) in 2012. During his training he was active in the British Geriatrics Society and was chair of the BGS Training Committee from 2009 to 2011.

He was awarded a joint Age UK-Research into Ageing Fund and British Geriatric Society Clinical Fellowship in 2012 with a project identifying dementia in older patients presenting to hospital with delirium.  From this he validated informant tools to diagnose unrecognised dementia in patients with delirium as well as investigating the immune and inflammatory effects of delirium.

Other areas of research interest include acute sarcopenia and frailty and the recognition of delirium in specialist settings such as military medicine.

He is a current of The European Academy for Medicine of Ageing, an Advanced Postgraduate Course in Geriatrics.

Clinically he works as a visiting consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in ortho-geriatrics (orthopaedic liaison) and in acute general medicine.


  • MBChB Year 4 lead for Elderly Medicine
  • MBChB Year 5 – Delirium
  • BMedSc Year 3 Statistics and analysis of longitudinal cohort data (Biology of Ageing Module)

Postgraduate supervision

Thomas is currently supervising an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine.

For any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

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  • Delirium and dementia in the general hospital
  • Inflammatory changes in delirium and dementia
  • The role of the immune system in neuroinflammation

Other activities

  • Past Trustee of the British Geriatrics Society (2010-2012)


Jackson TA, Wilson D, Richardson S and Lord JM (2016) Predicting outcome in older hospital patients with delirium: a systematic literature review. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 31(4):392-9

Jackson TA, MacLullich AM, Gladman JR, Lord JM and Sheehan B (2016) Undiagnosed long-term cognitive impairment in acutely hospitalised older medical patients with delirium: a prospective cohort study. Age Ageing [Epub ahead of print]

Jackson TA, MacLullich AM, Gladman JR, Lord JM and Sheehan B (2016) Diagnostic test accuracy of informant-based tools to diagnose dementia in older hospital patients with delirium: a prospective cohort study. Age Ageing [Epub ahead of print]

Singler K, Holm EA, Jackson T, Robertson G, Muller-Eggenberger E and Roller RE (2015) European postgraduate training in geriatric medicine: data of a systematic international survey. Aging Clin Exp Res 27(5):741-50

Jackson TA (2015) Looking out, not in: A week at the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing. European Geriatric Medicine 6(3):291

Griffiths SE, Tandon U, Treml J and Jackson T (2014) Delirium in trauma. Trauma 16(2):87-92

Maclullich AM, Anand A, Davis DH, Jackson T, Barugh AJ, Hall RJ, Ferguson KJ, Meagher DJ and Cunningham C (2013) New horizons in the pathogenesis, assessment and management of delirium. Age Ageing 42(6):667-74

Jackson TA, Naqvi SH and Sheehan B (2013) Screening for dementia in general hospital inpatients: a systematic review and meta-analysis of available instruments. Age Ageing 42(6):689-95

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