Wilby Williamson BMedSci, MSc (Hons), MRCP, MFSEM
Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
Trinity COLLEGE DUBLIN
Home Country: United Kingdom
Field of Employment: Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician and Clinical Academic Cardiovascular Prevention and Brain-Health
Prior to starting the fellowship at GBHI Wilby Williamson worked in a combined clinical academic role in sports and exercise medicine and cardiovascular medicine. In an outpatient clinical setting he treated patients presenting for management of hypertension and primary prevention of heart disease and stroke. In the hospital setting he helped patients with acute cognitive and physical rehabilitation following intensive care admissions with the focus on promoting physical activity. This work was completed at the John Radcliffe hospital part of the Oxford University Hospitals Trust. Wilby is a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
The Irish longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) identified that 60% of Ireland’s over 50 population have hypertension. The population burden is likely to be higher with 1 in 5 young adults and 40% of 40 year olds in the hypertensive range. TILDA identified that the lowest rates of awareness and highest rates of uncontrolled blood pressure were in the under 64 years old population. Wilby believes that midlife prevalence of hypertension and poor control are major concerns, as they are the biggest risk factors for accelerated brain aging, cognitive decline and cerebrovascular events.
Bio: Wilby Williamson graduated in Medicine from the University of Nottingham in 2005 followed with an MSc (Distinction) in Sport and Exercise Medicine, from the University of Nottingham in 2007. Wilby then completed clinical rotations in internal medicine and acute critical care through University College Hospitals London before undertaking higher specialist clinical training in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Cambridge University Hospitals in 2010. He then moved to Oxford in 2012 to further his dual clinical academic training. In 2014 Wilby was awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship to undertake doctoral studies in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Oxford. Wilby completed higher specialist clinical training in Sports and Exercise Medicine in 2018.