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Professor Chris Fox

Professor Chris Fox

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

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Chris Fox is an expert in mental health and dementia research.  He spent 6 years training in psychiatry and researching trauma/personality assessments and treatment and psychometric assessment development with the Ministry of Defence. Then he went into the NHS and trained in Oxford undertaking an MD on anger characterisation in elderly mentally ill patients at UCL. He then worked in Kent running a memory service, holding a position at KIMHS University of Kent and was the first clinical director at Kent and Medway NIHR Comprehensive Research Network. In 2010 he was appointed as the first Clinical Academic Psychiatrist at Norwich Medical School and Eastern region dementia DeNDRoN lead and he ended up head of department of clinical academic medicine until 2021.  
Chris has undertaken 4 highly cited Cochrane reviews in dementia, set up and developed clinical trials in dementia as a chief investigator and regional lead.

Chris has a long term UK/US collaboration with Indiana Medical School. He jointly co-developed work on the harms of screening, medication trials in dementia, collaborative care in dementia and the most highly cited anticholinergic burden scale. He  worked as an NHS consultant for 9 years and developed an applied research strategy.

Chris has led national programmes in hospital care research in dementia (PERFECTED/ASCRIBED) and has been a co-investigator on several large scale programmes of research in dementia over the last decade on technology (ATILLA), medication (MADE/SADD/Symbadd) and psychological interventions (PATHFINDER).

Chris currently leads 3 national NIHR programmes in sleep, dementia and multi-morbidity (TIMES), carers (CARECOACH) and recovery colleges (DISCOVERY).

DiSCOVERY realist review on PROSPERO:


His key research themes are:

  • Data and multi-morbidity
  • Technology and healthcare
  • Novel medication CTIMPS relevant to dementia


  • MB BS
  • Bsc
  • Mmedsci
  • MD
  • MRCPsych



Research interests

Professor Chris Fox has an interest in developing and evaluating interventions at scale in multi-morbidity and dementia using technology and novel data to support discovery and innovation.

Key flagship projects in intervention developments and data:


MRC GEMINI (Led by Professor Frayling)


Biomedical research:

He has a track record in inflammation and its application in dementia and he is working in novel areas around the oral microbiome.


Research projects

  • NIHR CARECOACH 2021-2026
  • NIHR TIMES 2022-2027
  • NIHR DISCOVERY 2022-2025
  • E-WHELD-2020-2022
  • PATHFINDER-2018-2023
  • MRC GEMINI 2021-2025
  • NIHR AIM INFLAIM 2020-2022
  • ARUK ASCRIBED 2017-2022

External Engagement and Impact


  • Max Hamilton Prize for psychiatry research 1999 University of Leeds
  • Altman bursary 1999 for stats University of Oxford
  • Presidential Award for best clinical trial “MAGD trial” 2011 AGS USA

Committee/panel activities

  • Chair of NIHR Dementia national portfolio development group.
  • Editor Geriatrics
  • Board member Interdem dementia public health, prevention and technology
  • Board member NIHR ARC eastern data and multimorbidity themes
  • Clinical Advisor to Alzheimer’s Research UK policy group
  • Board member Costal Health NIHR ARC Network

Invited lectures

  • Interdem academy Nottingham October 2021
  • Dementia 2022 conference


Teaching responsibilities: (Undergraduate, Postgraduate)

Advisee tutor Norwich Medical School

Phd Supervisor

External Examiner:

Dementia MSC University of Brighton

Neurodegeneraton DPHil University of Cambridge

Supervision / Group

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