Marion McMurdo

Emeritus Professor (Clinical)

School of Medicine

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Professor and Head of Ageing and Health at the University of Dundee and a consultant geriatrician. She leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers examining the role of exercise, physical activity and nutrition in sarcopenia and age-related functional decline. She is renowned for a highly successful track record in completing large clinical trials in frail older populations and has published more than 200 peer reviewed publications.

She was appointed as UK Chair of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Network on Ageing in 2009.

With Miss Dorothy Dobson, she co-founded of D D Developments Ltd, a University of Dundee not-for-profit organisation which provides evidence-based exercise classes for older people throughout the UK.

She is an external tutor to WHO/United Nations International Institute on Ageing in Malta, and an international collaborating partner with the National Initiative on Care of the Elderly (NICE) with the Canadian government.

She has won a number of accolades, including the Lady Illingworth Prize in 2001 (an award made to the UK clinician considered to have made the greatest contribution to improving the quality of life of older people through research) and in 2005 she was identified by the British Medical Association as one of 14 leading UK academic role models. A firm believer in good communication, she delivers regular free lectures to packed halls of older people around the UK. In 2011 she won the Ian Stevenson award for excellence in public engagement with science. A BMA report on the role of the clinical academic in 2014 recognised her as an inspirational academic role model.


Leader of a research team focused on postponing/preventing disability in later life. Expert in competing high quality clinical trials in frail older people, and in recruiting to time and target. Interventions include: nutrition (including vitamins D and K), drug treatments for sarcopenia, exercise/physical activity training.

Other research: sedentary behaviour, influences on physical activity participation, recruitment of 'hard to study' populations.

Published more than 250 peer – reviewed papers.

Holds grants from NIHR HTA, ESRC, Cancer Research UK, Chief Scientist Office, Arthritis Research UK, Dunhill Medical Trust, US National Institute on Aging

Chair of NIHR Clinical Research Network Ageing 2009-2015

Chair of BMJ Ethics Committee 2015-present

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Responsible for teaching of the Medicine of Old Age to undergraduates.

Block organiser for Year 4 Ageing and Health attachment (40 weeks per year) and Year 5 Foundation programme Preparation Course (1 week per year).

External tutor since 1989 to WHO/UN International Institute on Ageing for healthcare professionals from developing countries.