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Ageing Research at King's (ARK) Lecture Series: Dementia


28 Oct ARK-dementia Part of Ageing Research at King's (ARK) Lectures

Prof. Dame Louise Robinson and Prof. Gillian Manthorpe present their research on dementia

Chairs: Dr Richard Siow and Professor Steve Harridge


Keynote Speaker: Professor Dame Louise Robinson

"Dementia: forget about cure, focus on care"

Professor Dame Louise Robinson is an academic GP and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing at Newcastle University. She was the first GP to be awarded a prestigious NIHR Professorship. Professor Robinson also holds the first UK Regius Professorship in Ageing.

Louise leads a research programme focused on improving the quality of life and quality of care for older people, especially those with dementia. She leads 1 of only 3 Alzheimer Society national Centres of Excellence on Dementia Care. Louise was primary care lead for the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge and is a member of the National Dementia Care Guidelines development group.

King's College London Internal Speaker: Professor Gillian Manthorpe

"Stories of dementia"

Jill Manthorpe has been working on dementia care research for several years - starting with early accounts of a traveling psychogeriatric day hospital and the running of a group for family carers of patients with dementia. Since then she has focused on often under-looked areas of dementia, care such as portrayals of dementia in children's novels and on early cases finding and support for people with dementia attributed to syphilis, and a recently completed study of dementia care and treatment among people who are homeless. On a more mainstream basis, she was a member of the first NICE/SCIE Dementia Guidelines Group and is currently part of a group working on the revisions of the national dementia strategy. As Professor of Social Work at King's she continues to undertake studies related to dementia and social care and dementia and as Director of the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health & Social Care Workforce she maintains a keen interest in workforce roles and effectiveness. Early this year she produced an edited textbook 'Timely Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia' with Prof Esme Moniz-Cook that included chapters from a wide range of European contributors from the INTERDEM network.

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