Old Age Psychiatry & Dementia




Part Time, Full Time

Institute of Psychiatry
  • Number of academic staff: 10
  • Number of research students: 6.5

Members of the Department work to develop new treatments and to find ways of getting the best for our patients from treatments that are already available. We are a friendly and motivated team who welcome collaboration and are keen to train the next generation of researchers in our field.

Members of the Department’s team carry out biological and clinical research that we believe will have important impact upon our understanding of dementia and other mental illnesses that affect older people and lead to the development of better treatments. We do this by working in close collaboration with the IoP’s Department of Neuroscience, MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration and Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health (www.slam.nhs.uk/brc).

Our research into the basic biology of Alzheimer’s disease, the clinical features and aetiology of psychosis in later life and the conduct of randomised controlled trials is internationally regarded. We have a particular commitment to the conduct of high quality independent clinical trials because the results of these can impact positively upon the availability of effective treatments.

Ongoing Department projects:

  • Biomarkers and recovery from delirium
  • ATTILA – Assistive Technologies
  • Brains for Dementia Research
  • Visual hallucinations in eye disease, dementia and Parkinson's Disease
  • Management of agitation in dementia
  • Blood based biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease.
Head of group/division
Professor Robert Howard
Awarding institution
King's College London
Three years FT, six years PT. Accelerated PT rates available - email iop.educationsupport@kcl.ac.uk for further information. Registration is carried out at three points in the year: October, February and June.
Denmark Hill Campus.
Student destinations
Students can follow a variety of career paths including positions as senior lecturers; postdoctorate researchers and positions within the NHS.
Year of entry 2016
Offered by
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