Dr. Suraya Yusoff is a psychogeriatrician — psychiatrist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of elderly people with mental health issues. She is one of the few psychogeriatricians in Malaysia. Currently she is based at the Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru, where she runs a clinical trial for a drug to treat Alzheimer’s. She talks to Sharmila Valli Narayanan about the challenges of running a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s patients and explains the importance of such trials for patient care.
Dr. Suraya Yusoff is soft spoken and calm – two qualities very much needed when dealing with patients with psychiatric problems. Dr. Suraya specialises in psychogeriatrics, a branch of psychiatry that deals with the study, prevention and treatment of mental disorders in humans with old age.