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Department of Old Age Psychiatry


We all want to enjoy good mental health when we grow old and receive the very best treatment and care for our parents and grandparents should they develop psychological or psychiatric difficulties. 

Members of the Department of Old Age of Psychiatry work together to develop new treatments and to find ways of getting the best for our patients from treatments that are already available. The Department of Old Age of Psychiatry is led by Professor Dag Aarsland

We are a friendly and motivated team who welcome collaboration and are keen to train the next generation of researchers in our field. Senior members of the Department offer supervision to students wishing to undertake a PhD or MD. Potential research students should contact us directly to find out more. 

Clinical Academic Group 

The Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Clinical Academic Group brings together academic and clinical staff within the department of Old Age Psychiatry and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust into a single grouping to promote excellent research, teaching and the delivery of clinical services for older people with mental health diagnoses and dementia.

We provide comprehensive mental health services for the over-65s of the London boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon, and our teaching of evidence-based practice, supported by World-class research to discover and evaluate better treatments, contributes to our aim of providing the best possible treatment and care of our patients.

For more information about the CAG please have a look at the following website: Clinical Academic Group (CAG) Leadership.

Internationally regarded research

Our research into the basic biology of Alzheimer’s disease 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. 

Sharing the results of our work with people who volunteer to take part in research and the public is a high priority for the Department, which has organised Open Days for Alzheimer’s disease research participants, their families and carers and for sixth formers. 

Research partners

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:-

Our funders

Funders of our research include:

These charities and organisations all provide information about Alzheimer’s disease and current research for the public.

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