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Dag Aarsland

Professor Dag Aarsland

Director, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing

  • Professor of Old Age Psychiatry

Research interests

  • Psychiatry
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology

Biography

Professor Dag Aarsland joined the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in January 2016, from Karolinska Institutet where he has been professor of clinical dementia research since 2011.

Dag is renowned throughout the world in the field of Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s disease but has made contributions across the spectrum of old age psychiatry.

Professor Tony David, Vice-Dean Academic Psychiatry said:  ‘Professor Aarsland is one of the most outstanding researchers in old age psychiatry and we are delighted that he will be joining us. He will bring with him a network of international collaborators and already has well established links with researchers here notably Clive Ballard and Ray Chaudhuri.Dag has worked in all aspects of old age psychiatry from basic science to applied health research. He is a natural team player and team-builder and will be a huge asset to the IoPPN and King’s College.

As well as heading the department, Prof Aarsland will contribute to new initiatives including dementia research in our forthcoming bid to renew the Biomedical Research Centre. He will also carry out some clinical work within South London & Maudsley NHS Trust and will help in training the next cohort of old age psychiatrists. If he has any time left over, perhaps he will help us to learn how to chop wood and solve complex crime mysteries.

Dag Aarsland gained his degree in medicine in 1988 from the University of Oslo. At the same time as he was working as a clinician at Stavanger University Hospital he started to conduct research, gaining his PhD in 1996 with a thesis on language disorders among patients with Alzheimer's disease. In 1998 he became a specialist in psychiatry. 

From 2000 to 2002 he was a senior lecturer in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Bergen. He then became an adjunct professor, then professor of geriatric medicine at Bergen from 2006-2009. Between 2007 and 2009 he was a visiting professor at King's College in London, where he has held an honorary professorship since 2009. In 2009 Dag Aarsland became a professor of geriatric psychiatry at the University of Oslo. He is also a director of research at the University of Stavanger's Centre for Age-Related Medicine. 

Dag Aarsland was, for several years, director of the Norwegian Neuropsychiatric Association. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes, most recently in 2011 when he was awarded the Western Norway Regional Health Authority's Research Prize. 

    Research

    PONS Centre banner brain scan
    HealthTech Research Centre in Brain Health

    National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) HealthTech Research Centre, designed to accelerate the advancement of cutting-edge technology to better understand brain health and ageing and help people live healthier lives for longer.

    London landscape
    Ageing Research at King's (ARK)

    Cross faculty consortium addressing ageing and healthy longevity.

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    Understanding Why People With Dementia Attend the Emergency Department Towards the End of Life

    A mixed-methods study examining the determinants of emergency department attendance by people with dementia towards the end of life.

    Project status: Completed

    Untitled design-6
    Cannabidiol for Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (CAN-PDP) Trial

    Multi-centre trial of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease psychosis

    Project status: Ongoing

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    Physiological Oxygen Laboratory

    Cardiovascular - Physiological Oxygen Laboratory

    News

    King's College London part of €21 million PREDICTOM study to pioneer early detection of Alzheimer's Disease

    A new AI-screening platform to be developed to identify individuals at risk of developing dementia, even before symptoms manifest.

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    Digital training programme improves quality of life for care residents with dementia

    Quality of life for people with dementia living in residential and nursing home care substantially improved after staff took part in a digital training...

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    £2.9m for new centre to aid diagnosis and treatment of dementia

    New National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) HealthTech Research Centre is designed to accelerate the advancement of cutting-edge technology to...

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    Brain health in over 50s deteriorated more rapidly during the pandemic

    Brain health in over 50s deteriorated more rapidly during the pandemic, even if they didn’t have COVID-19, according to major new research linking the...

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    Dunedin Study receives £1.4m award to explore how aging works during midlife

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    Antidepressants prescription associated with a lower risk of testing positive for COVID-19

    New research led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and supported by NIHR Maudsley BRC has found that community mental health...

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    Six years of memory decline seen in anxious, depressed older people during pandemic

    Older people who were more anxious and depressed during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic were found to have an average decline in their short term...

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    New European initiative will build a collaborative platform for data and sample sharing for neurodegenerative diseases

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    Malnutrition predicts faster functional loss in dementia patients

    New research led by King’s College London and Stavanger University Hospital. highlights the importance of assessing malnutrition in people with dementia, in...

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    £1.2 million to roll-out dementia care home programme to COVID-hit sector

    £1.2 million in government funding will help researchers develop an innovative online programme to improve and personalise care for people with dementia in...

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    Events

    31Oct780 x 440 Ageing Well - events page

    King's Experts Series: Ageing Well

    The King’s Experts Series is a series of events exclusively for King’s alumni, this webinar will spotlight the work of King's ageing research.

    Please note: this event has passed.

      Research

      PONS Centre banner brain scan
      HealthTech Research Centre in Brain Health

      National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) HealthTech Research Centre, designed to accelerate the advancement of cutting-edge technology to better understand brain health and ageing and help people live healthier lives for longer.

      London landscape
      Ageing Research at King's (ARK)

      Cross faculty consortium addressing ageing and healthy longevity.

      hospital emergency room uk elderly man wheelchair csi project 780x450
      Understanding Why People With Dementia Attend the Emergency Department Towards the End of Life

      A mixed-methods study examining the determinants of emergency department attendance by people with dementia towards the end of life.

      Project status: Completed

      Untitled design-6
      Cannabidiol for Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis (CAN-PDP) Trial

      Multi-centre trial of cannabidiol (CBD) for the treatment of Parkinson's disease psychosis

      Project status: Ongoing

      heart 2
      Physiological Oxygen Laboratory

      Cardiovascular - Physiological Oxygen Laboratory

      News

      King's College London part of €21 million PREDICTOM study to pioneer early detection of Alzheimer's Disease

      A new AI-screening platform to be developed to identify individuals at risk of developing dementia, even before symptoms manifest.

      An older person taking an at home test

      Digital training programme improves quality of life for care residents with dementia

      Quality of life for people with dementia living in residential and nursing home care substantially improved after staff took part in a digital training...

      care home

      £2.9m for new centre to aid diagnosis and treatment of dementia

      New National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) HealthTech Research Centre is designed to accelerate the advancement of cutting-edge technology to...

      Patient speaking with a healthcare professional

      Brain health in over 50s deteriorated more rapidly during the pandemic

      Brain health in over 50s deteriorated more rapidly during the pandemic, even if they didn’t have COVID-19, according to major new research linking the...

      An older person sat, facing away from the camera

      Dunedin Study receives £1.4m award to explore how aging works during midlife

      New MRC funding will allow the study, which has followed the lives of 1037 babies born between 1 April 1972 and 31 March 1973, to examine participants at age...

      Woman digital scan AI iStock-1164014959

      Antidepressants prescription associated with a lower risk of testing positive for COVID-19

      New research led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) and supported by NIHR Maudsley BRC has found that community mental health...

      Oleg Glebov study

      Six years of memory decline seen in anxious, depressed older people during pandemic

      Older people who were more anxious and depressed during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic were found to have an average decline in their short term...

      Frailty is as important as age or underlying health issues in Covid-19 death risk

      New European initiative will build a collaborative platform for data and sample sharing for neurodegenerative diseases

      The European Platform for Neurodegenerative Diseases (EPND) integrates existing initiatives to build, grow, and deliver a scalable and self-sustainable...

      psych-neuro-begins-at-kings-mobile

      Malnutrition predicts faster functional loss in dementia patients

      New research led by King’s College London and Stavanger University Hospital. highlights the importance of assessing malnutrition in people with dementia, in...

      Elderly lady and younger lady cooking together

      £1.2 million to roll-out dementia care home programme to COVID-hit sector

      £1.2 million in government funding will help researchers develop an innovative online programme to improve and personalise care for people with dementia in...

      Nurse with a mask on smiling down at a patient

      Events

      31Oct780 x 440 Ageing Well - events page

      King's Experts Series: Ageing Well

      The King’s Experts Series is a series of events exclusively for King’s alumni, this webinar will spotlight the work of King's ageing research.

      Please note: this event has passed.