Keynote lectures from Professor James Nicoll, Dr Doug Brown and Dr Ruth Bartlett preceded a panel discussion.
We discussed how world leading research, led by the University of Southampton and its key collaborators, is tackling the effects of ageing, focusing particularly on dementia and the impact this has on society.
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Professor James Nicoll, Professor of Neuropathology, University of Southampton
Professor Nicoll shares responsibility for providing the clinical diagnostic neuropathology service to the Wessex Region (a population of approximately 3 million). He has continued his research interests in neuroinflammation, neurodegeneration and cerebrovascular disease. His work closely links diagnostic neuropathology and neuroscience research. He and his colleagues were the first in the world to describe and characterise the effects on the brain of immunisation against Aβ, being used as potential therapy in Alzheimer's disease.
Dr Doug Brown, Director of Research and Development, Alzheimer's Society
Dr Doug Brown is the Director of Research and Development at the Alzheimer’s Society. Increasing investment in research is a key goal of the Alzheimer’s Society which aims to invest more than £150 million in dementia research over the next decade, including being a founding partner in the UK Dementia Research Institute. The Society’s research programme will continue to provide a vehicle for funding across the spectrum of dementia research, into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia, and will focus on translating and implementing research findings for ultimate benefit of people affected by dementia.
Dr Ruth Bartlett PhD, MA, BA, Associate Professor, MSc Complex Care in Older People lead, Co-director Alzheimer’s Society funded Doctoral Training Centre
Ruth’s work focuses on people with dementia and active ageing; and together with Prof O’Conner (University of British Columbia) she has been instrumental in bringing a citizenship lens to this field. Ruth is lead author of Broadening the Dementia Debate: Towards social citizenship and has published and presented papers at key conferences related to people with dementia and active ageing for over twelve years.
Ruth is an elected executive committee member of the British Society of Gerontology, an invited member of the editorial board for the journal Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, ESRC peer review college member, and mentor for both the University of Southampton’s and Alzheimer’s Society mentoring schemes.
Panel discussion - Ageing and Dementia: the challenges and opportunities
Chairing the panel discussion with our keynote speakers, Professor James Nicoll, Dr Doug Brown and Dr Ruth Bartlett was:
Professor Mandy Fader, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
Mrs Jan Gollop
Jan cared for her husband who had Alzheimer's disease for a number of years. She has been an advisor to the faculty of Health Sciences and in particular to the Ageing and Dementia research group for 3 years where she helps to train researchers in enabling people living with dementia to find out about and take part in research. Jan also meets with first year undergraduate nursing students to talk about her experience of life with dementia.
Living with dementia: an honest story
Jan Gollop writes about her experiences of caring for her late husband Terry, during his battle with dementia.Read Jan's story