Prof Carol Brayne

Professor Carol Brayne CBE is Professor of Public Health Medicine in the Department  of Public Health and Primary Care in the University of Cambridge. She is Director of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health. Her research focuses on the public health of ageing. 

Carol is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic. 


She graduated in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University  of London and went on to train in general medicine. After gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians she  moved on to training in epidemiology with a Training Fellowship with the Medical  Research Council. The research area for this Fellowship was ageing and dementia. 

Since the mid-eighties her main research area has been longitudinal studies of older people following changes over time in cognition, dementia natural history and associated features with a public health perspective. 

She is lead principal investigator in the group of MRC CFA Studies which have informed and will continue to inform national policy and scientific understanding of dementia in whole populations. She was responsible for training programmes in epidemiology and public health for many years and has supervised early career researchers in areas from molecular biology to policy, neuropsychiatry to ageing. 

She has been the Director of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge since 2010.