Alzheimer’s Research UK Public Event

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Alzheimer’s Research UK Public Event

Wednesday 14 June 2017

University East Anglia

The bi-monthly series of free dementia events at UEA create an exchange of knowledge between researchers, clinicians, the general public, people with dementia and their carers. Anyone with an interest in dementia research is welcome.

The Alzheimer’s Research UK public event will give an overview of dementia, its symptoms and challenges. We have a mix of speakers from research and clinical backgrounds who are currently working in dementia. There will be opportunities for questions to experts in the field as well as socialising with other attendees. There will also be information available from Alzheimer’s Research UK and a chance to find out about current research studies at UEA.

We are very pleased to announce the following talks:

Professor John O’Brien, Foundation Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

“Brain imaging in dementia”

The use of brain imaging in dementia has moved rapidly over the last decade from a method to rule out other brain causes of memory problems (for example, a stroke of a tumour), to a technique that helps with diagnosis, not only of Alzheimer’s disease but also of other causes pf dementia like Lewy body and vascular dementia.

Newer brain imaging methods can image chemical systems including the dopamine system, and also visualize the levels of protein deposits of amyloid (plaques) and tau (tangles) which are the hallmark changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

This presentation will review the types of imaging available, and show how imaging of tau and inflammation of the brain may be helpful not only for diagnosis, but also promises to all of us to better understanding when and how brain changes cause memory and other cognitive problems in people with dementia.

Professor John T O’Brien is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. He is a National Institute for Health Research Emeritus Senior Investigator and a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.

He leads the Old Age Psychiatry Group within the Department and is a member and PI within the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Dementia and Neurodegeneration and Mental Health themes. His other roles include advisor to the MRHA, member of the NICE Dementia Guideline Group and NIHR National Specialty Lead for Dementia.

His research interests include the role of vascular factors in dementia and depression, the development and application of neuroimaging and other novel biomarkers in dementia and depression, including the study of “at risk” groups, dementia with Lewy bodies and clinical trials.

Dr Yasir Hameed, Honorary Lecturer (Norwich Medical School, UEA) and Psychiatrist (Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust)

“Medication in Dementia: Challenges and Opportunities”

Yasir will present an overview of the current medication use in people with dementia and what are the most important research developments in the search for a new medication for dementia.

Dr Yasir Hameed is a psychiatrist from an Iraqi-refugee background. He graduated from the College of Medicine, Bagdad University in 2002. He then finished two years of training in various medical and surgical specialities in Baghdad before leaving Iraq in 2005 due to the war and its aftermath.

He works in a psychiatric unit for older patients with dementia and other mental health problems. He also works in the community providing diagnostic assessments and treatment for people referred to our Memory Clinic.

In addition to his clinical work, he is also involved in various research projects exploring the epidemiology of mental illness in East Anglia and improving learning in clinical settings.

Dr George Savva, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, UEA

“What predicts missed diagnosis among people with dementia?”

It is acknowledged that a substantial proportion of people with dementia are not diagnosed. This may depend on the services available to a population and clinical and community perceptions of the value of diagnosis. Clinical Commissioning Groups across England are incentivised to achieve a diagnosis rate of 66% or more, despite continuing debates both about how to estimate diagnosis rate and what value such a diagnosis may have for many people with dementia. Epidemiological studies including objective, validated dementia diagnoses provide a unique opportunity to estimate the extent and predictors of heath service use among people with dementia irrespective of diagnosis status. George will discuss new epidemiological evidence on the extent of undiagnosed dementia across the older population and the factors that predict who is at risk of missed diagnosis.

Dr George Savva joined the School of Health Sciences in 2013, following nine years in ageing and public health research: as statistical lead for The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (based at Trinity College Dublin) and as a statistician to the UK National Down’s Syndrome Cytogenetic Register and the Medical Research Council Cognitive Function and Ageing Study.

George’s research has focused on applying statistics in public health, particularly in the fields of dementia, mental health and healthy ageing. His recent and ongoing work includes studies in the pharmaco-epidemiology of dementia, operationalizing frailty syndrome, links between clinical and pathological aspects of brain ageing, and studies of multimorbidity, disability and quality of life in older people.

To book or for more information about the event contact:

Tel: 01603 593540

Please advise us if you have any special dietary requirements and also whether you have a mobility impairment you would like to tell us about.

The event is open to all and free to attend. Parking is free of charge in the Main Visitors Car Park. Parking tokens will be validated at the registration desk on arrival.

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