Dr Daisy Wilson MBChB PhD

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Clinical Lecturer

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University of Birmingham Research Laboratory
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Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Mindelsohn Way
B15 2WB

Dr Wilson is a consultant geriatrician and clinical lecturer at the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing. Her research interests are focussed on the interplay between frailty, sarcopenia and immune dysfunction.

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• Fellowship of Higher Education Academy, 2019
• PhD, University of Birmingham, 2018
• Membership of the Royal College of Physicians London (MRCP) 2012
• MRCP Geriatrics 2012
• Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods in Cognitive Aging, University of Edinburgh 2011
• MBChB, University of Birmingham, 2008


Dr Wilson qualified as a clinical doctor in 2008 and completed her specialist training in both Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine in 2022.

She was awarded an MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research funded fellowship to complete her PhD from the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham.  This was an investigation into immunesenescence in frailty and sarcopenia and was supervised by Professors Janet Lord and Elizabeth Sapey.

Following her PhD she was awarded a NIHR funded academic clinical lectureship post in Geriatric Medicine.  She has held this post since 2018.  During this period of time she has diversified her research interests and has been successful in a number of grant applications as both principle and co-investigtaor.  Notably an Academy of Medical Sciences Starter Grant for Clinical Lecturers for the investigation of acute sarcopenia recovery in a Covid-19 model and a UK Spine Knowledge Exchange grant for investigation of senescence and biomarkers in an extensively clinically characterised cohort. 

She is a member of the steering committee for Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative (GeMRC) and has played an active role in study design, set up, recruitment, analysis and dissemination of all projects to date.  These have included the international project collecting outcomes in older patients with Covid-19.

Since 2022 she has been speciality lead for Geraitric Medicine for the MBChB course.  She has overseen the transition of the curriculum from 4th to 3rd year and adapted the content to align it with the standardised MLA curriculum.  She has a Fellowhsip from the Higher Education Academy for recognition of her teaching activities. 

She is a member of the current SUSTAIN cohort at the University of Birmingham which aims to equip future leaders in research with effective skills to drive future change in the research landscape.  She is also an active member of the Research and Academic Committee at British Geriatrics Society. 

Clinically she works as a visiting consultant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.   


• MBChB year 3 – geriatrics module
• MBChB year 4 – geriatrics module
• MBChB year 5 – acute care module


  • Immune dysfunction in frailty and sarcopenia
  • Senescence in multi-morbidity
  • Repurposing old therapeutics for new frailty related targets


Recent publications


Geriatric Medicine Core Dataset Extended Working Group, Welch, C, Wilson, D, Sayer, AA, Witham, MD & Jackson, TA 2023, 'Development of a UK core dataset for geriatric medicine research: a position statement and results from a Delphi consensus process', BMC Geriatrics, vol. 23, no. 1, 168. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-023-03805-5

Anderson, BM, Wilson, DV, Qasim, M, Correa, G, Evison, F, Gallier, S, Ferro, CJ, Jackson, TA & Sharif, A 2023, 'Gender Disparity in Expression of Sarcopenia in Haemodialysis Recipients: Analysis from the FITNESS Cohort', International journal of nephrology, vol. 2023, 5885059 . https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/5885059

Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative 2023, 'Increasing frailty is associated with higher prevalence and reduced recognition of delirium in older hospitalised inpatients: results of a multi-centre study', European Geriatric Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41999-022-00737-y

Anderson, BM, Wilson, DV, Qasim, M, Correa, G, Evison, F, Gallier, S, Ferro, CJ, Jackson, TA & Sharif, A 2023, 'Ultrasound quadriceps muscle thickness is variably associated with frailty in haemodialysis recipients', BMC Nephrology, vol. 24, no. 1, 16. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12882-022-03043-8

Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative 2022, 'Fast-track hospital end-of-life discharge pathway: is it actually fast? National clinical audit', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care . https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-003183

Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative, Welch, C & Wilson, D 2022, 'Improving delirium screening and recognition in UK hospitals: results of a multi-centre quality improvement project', Age and Ageing, vol. 51, no. 2, afab243. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afab243

Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative, Covid Collaborative, Jackson, T & Wilson, D 2021, 'Age and frailty are independently associated with increased COVID-19 mortality and increased care needs in survivors: results of an international multi-centre study', Age and Ageing, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 617-630. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afab026

Welch, C, Majid, Z, Andrews, I, Hassan-Smith, Z, Kamwa, V, Picton, H, Wilson, D & Jackson, TA 2021, 'Effect of position and exercise on measurement of muscle quantity and quality: towards a standardised pragmatic protocol for clinical practice', BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol. 13, no. 1, 3. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13102-020-00227-3

Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative & Wilson, D 2021, 'Retrospective delirium ascertainment from case notes: a retrospective cohort study', BMJ open, vol. 11, no. 5, e042440. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042440

Welch, C, Greig, C, Masud, T, Wilson, D & Jackson, TA 2020, 'COVID-19 and Acute Sarcopenia', Aging and Disease, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 1345-1351. https://doi.org/10.14336/AD.2020.1014

Wilson, D, Drew, W, Jasper, A, Crisford, H, Nightingale, P, Newby, P, Jackson, T, Lord, J & Sapey, E 2020, 'Frailty is associated with neutrophil dysfunction which is correctable with phosphoinositol-3-kinase inhibitors', The journals of gerontology. Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences, vol. 75, no. 12, pp. 2320-2325. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glaa216

Welch, C, McCluskey, L, Wilson, D, Ni Lochlainn, M, Taylor, JK, Gaunt, V, Giridharan, K, Jelley, B, Cunningham, EL, Healy, R & Doshi, M 2019, 'A nationwide survey of confidence and knowledge of assessment and management oral conditions amongst a sample of physicians, United Kingdom', BMC Research Notes, vol. 12, no. 1, 348. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4359-0, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4359-0


Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative 2020, 'Growing research in geriatric medicine: a trainee perspective', Age and Ageing, vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 733-737. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afaa052

Review article

Lee, H, Wilson, D, Bunting, KV, Kotecha, D & Jackson, T 2023, 'Repurposing digoxin for geroprotection in patients with frailty and multimorbidity', Ageing Research Reviews, vol. 86, 101860. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2023.101860

Lochlainn, MN, Cox, NJ, Wilson, T, Hayhoe, RPG, Ramsay, SE, Granic, A, Isanejad, M, Roberts, HC, Wilson, D, Welch, C, Hurst, C, Atkins, JL, Mendonça, N, Horner, K, Tuttiett, ER, Morgan, Y, Heslop, P, Williams, EA, Steves, CJ, Greig, C, Draper, J, Corish, CA, Welch, A, Witham, MD, Sayer, AA & Robinson, S 2021, 'Nutrition and frailty: opportunities for prevention and treatment', Nutrients, vol. 13, no. 7, 2349. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13072349

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