Dr Oly Todd

Dr Oly Todd


Medical doctor specialising in the Care of Older People, and clinical lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, funded by the NIHR, at University of Leeds.

Supervised primarily by Professor Andy Clegg (ASR), also supported by Professor Anne Forster (ASR), Dr Marlous Hall (LICAMM) and Professor Chris Gale (LIDA). 

Studied medicine at Imperial College London, undertook foundation training in London and core medical training in Edinburgh. Worked abroad at Bethel, Bielefeld, Germany and St Francis Hospital, Katete, Zambia.

Moved to Bradford in 2015 for an academic clinical fellowship with Prof Andy Clegg at University of Leeds. 

PhD 2017-2021 funded by Dunhill Medical Trust investigating the role of frailty to identify older people with hypertension who come to harm from BP lowering therapy.

Research interests

I have a research interest in improving the care of older people with high blood pressure, and currently I am:

  • Creating a new cohort study – the Bradford Ambulatory BP Study which will link the 24 hour BP records of 14,785 Bradford patients with their electronic health record data in primary, secondary and social care;
  • Reviewing the literature to date in this area as part of a systematic review;
  • Running a series of events with older patients who have hypertension, to determine where the gaps are in currrent care to inform future research.  


  • PhD, Leeds, 2021
  • DTM&H, LSHTM, 2014
  • DPMSA, Apothecaries, 2012
  • MRCP, Edinburgh, 2011
  • MBBS, BSc(Hons) Physiology, Imperial 2008

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
  • British Geriatrics Society
  • British and Irish Hypertension Society

Student education

Please get in touch if you are:

  • A person who has hypertension and is older than 75 years, and:
    • interested in taking part in hypertension research
  • A school student in Bradford area, and:
    • interested in a career in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics, we are planning summer placements for Year 12/13 students at Bradford Institute for Health Research in the Summer 2023;
    • interested in a career in medicine, we run an Access to Medicine course for students wanting to study medicine, at Bradford Royal Infirmary, led by Professor Alex Brown and Jordan Vernon twice a year.
  • A medical student at Leeds University medical school, and:
    • interested in hypertension and cardiovascular physiology, I teach on the MBBS Year one curriculum, and offer related research projects;
    • interested in clinical/ data research, we offer ESREP and medical elective projects in topics related to ageing research at the Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research.
  • A junior doctor and:
    • interested in undertaking an NIHR Academic Foundation Programme or NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in ageing or data research,  we offer placements at our unit, please get in touch;
    • interested in undertaking an MD/ PhD with our unit, we have a strong record at our unit for supervision and support of early career researchers.
  • A researcher interested in using big data for research into questions related to ageing, and:
    • interested in joining our UK collaborative @geridata, which brings together researchers, clinicians and data scientists to improve access to and quality of big data research for older people. 


Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>