Professor Alasdair MacLullich is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Usher Institute in the University of Edinburgh. He works clinically in acute orthogeriatrics and acute geriatrics, and conducts research in delirium, cognition, and hip fracture. He has made contributions in several areas of delirium research including clinical assessment tools, neuropsychology of delirium, pathophysiology of delirium, and large scale routine data analysis. Professor MacLullich led the development of the 4 ‘A’s Test (4AT; www.the4AT.com), which is among the most widely-used and widely-recommended in clinical practice globally.
Prof MacLullich also conducted the first studies utilizing cerebrospinal fluid analysis obtained during spinal anesthesia in hip fracture patients as a means of exploring the pathophysiology of delirium. He is also developing new work on hip fracture outcomes using large scale data available through the Scottish Hip Fracture Audit.
Prof MacLullich co-founded the European Delirium Association in 2006 and has held several leadership roles in that organization. He co-chaired the committee producing the 2019 Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines (SIGN) ‘Risk reduction and management of delirium’. He is founding Deputy Editor of the new journals Delirium, and Delirium Communications. Prof MacLullich also co-founded World Delirium Awareness Day (WDAD) in 2016, and co-runs the WDAD website www.deliriumday.com.