SDRC Conference 2021

 

The sixth annual SDRC Conference took place virtually on the 16th June 2021. This event celebrated and educated on research into dementia prevention and brain health.

 Presenters included world-leading researchers as well as early career researchers from all disciplines.

An update of the conference will be available soon

Conference Programme

Time Item Speaker
10:00

Welcome

Conference today

Annual Report 2021 Launch

Research Strategy Launch

Professor Craig Ritchie

SDRC Chair

University of Edinburgh

10:30 Prevention of dementia – from observations to interventions

Professor Edo Richard

Radboud University Medical Center

11:00

Breakout Sessions (x3)

Session 1

Behavioural Sciences: Explaining, Retaining and Sustaining Risk Factor Management 

Session 2

Delirium and delirium prevention (dementia prevention by any other name…)

Session 3

Understanding Dementia: Class in a Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:30 Break
11:45 Most published author 2020

To be Announced

 

12:15

Early Career Researchers

Session 1

Introduced by Dr Sophie Bradley, SDRC Executive Committee Member 

Sahan Mendis

Sarah Gregory

Rose Vincent

13:00

Lunch

Take some time for virtual networking and view the posters on display 

14:00 Afternoon Introduction

Professor Craig Ritchie

 

14:05

Early Career Researchers

Session 2

Miriam Scarpa

Kamar Ameen-Ali

Samantha Wilson

 

 

14:50 Brain Health Scotland

Anna Borthwick and Neil Fullerton

Brain Health Scotland

15:20-15:30

Wrap

Including Poster Presentation Winner

 

Breakout Sessions

At 11am, the SDRC Virtual Conference will host 3 breakout sessions. These are designed to educate our delegates about different aspects of dementia and brain health research and provide an opportunity for discussion. Please see the details of each of these sessions below. 

Breakout Session 1: Behavioural Sciences: Explaining, Retaining and Sustaining Risk Factor Management 

Facilitators: Professor Craig Ritchie (SDRC Chair, University of Edinburgh), Professor Alan Gow (Heriot Watt University), Dr Vivien Swanson (University of Stirling), Dr Kieren Egan (University of Strathclyde)

Breakout Session 2: Delirium and delirium prevention (dementia prevention by any other name…)

Facilitators: Dr Terry Quinn (University of Glasgow), Dr Zoe Tieges (University of Edinburgh) Dr Jenni Burton (University of Glasgow)

For delirium, like dementia, prevention is better than cure. In fact preventing delirium, may also prevent dementia. Scotland has a vibrant and internationally recognised delirium research community and we are lucky to have two of the rising stars of delirium research join us for this workshop. In the first part of the session, Dr Terry Quinn will interview Dr Zoe Tieges (Edinburgh) and Dr Jenni Burton (Glasgow) and find out about delirium, assessment, prevention and links with dementia. We will then open the floor to questions.

Breakout Session 3: Understanding Dementia- Class in a Bag A resource to educate on brain health and dementia

Facilitators: Professor Debbie Tolson and Dr Louise Ritchie (Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, University of the West of Scotland)

Understanding how the brain works and how to look after your brain health is central to dementia prevention measures. Early education around brain health is an important tool in helping children understand how to reduce their own risk of developing dementia and other preventable diseases in later life. This session will introduce the educational resource Understanding Dementia: Class in a Bag and describe the potential for educating children about brain health and dementia in a creative and age appropriate way.

Conference Speakers and Facilitators

Professor Craig Ritchie

Professor Craig Ritchie

Chair SDRC

Craig is the chair of the 2021 SDRC Conference

Craig is the Professor of Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh, Director of Edinburgh Centre for Dementia Prevention and Director of Brain Health Scotland.  He was elected Chair of SDRC in 2018 and has driven forward on his commitment to promote and grow that consortium to assist Scotland and Scottish Based Researchers from all over the world to achieve its objectives and theirs.

His primary research interest is the maintenance of brain health in mid-life to mitigate the risks of initiation and progression of degenerative brain disease that may lead to dementia. He is Chief Investigator on the PREVENT Dementia and European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia Research Programmes.

Dr Louise Ritchie

Dr Louise Ritchie

SDRC Executive Committee Member

Louise is a Reader in Dementia Research in the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at the University of the West of Scotland.

She is a psychologist with a focus on applied psychosocial research that aims to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and people who care for them.

Professor Debbie Tolson

Professor Debbie Tolson

SDRC Executive Committee Member

In 2013 Debbie was appointed as the Alzheimer Scotland Professor of Dementia and inaugural Director of the Alzheimer Scotland for Policy and Practice at the University of the West of Scotland. 

She has been research active since completing her doctorate in 1995 at Glasgow Caledonian University. As a founding member of SDRC she has championed a focus on early career researchers, and is particularly proud to have supervised, led or been involved in practice based research studies that are developing caring interventions and challenging approaches to advanced dementia care in Scotland, Europe and beyond.

Dr Sophie Bradley

Dr Sophie Bradley

SDRC Executive Committee Member

Sophie is the newly appointed senior lecturer based at the University of Glasgow. Sophie’s group works within the Centre for Translational Pharmacology, and currently consists of 5 PhD students. Their research is focused on determining the impact of pharmacologically targeting members of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily in neurodegenerative diseases. In 2021, Sophie was awarded the Alzheimer’s Research UK David Hague Early Career Investigator of the year award for her work in this area.

Anna Borthwick

Anna Borthwick

Brain Health Scotland

Anna Borthwick is the Executive Lead of Brain Health Scotland at Alzheimer Scotland. She heads the team to deliver public health and clinical programmes to promote brain health and reduce the incidence of dementia.

Neil Fullerton

Neil Fullerton

Brain Health Scotland

Neil Fullerton is the Project and Communications Lead for Brain Health Scotland. Neil supports public awareness raising and education initiatives to promote positive brain health across the life course.

Professor Edo Richard

Professor Edo Richard

Radboud Medical Centre

Edo Richard is Professor of neurology at Radboud University in Nijmegen and has a part-time position at the department of Public Health at Amsterdam UMC, both in The Netherlands. He combines hic clinical work as a neurologist with research into dementia, in particular prevention. He was one of the main investigators of the preDIVA trial, the only trial to date using all-cause dementia as primary outcome. He is the PI of the EU-funded HATICE and PRODEMOS projects, investigating an eHealth and mHealth approach to reduce dementia risk. He also has an interest in ethical aspects of early diagnosis and risk disclosure, particularly in relation to prevention.

Dr Zoe Tieges

Dr Zoe Tieges

University of Edinburgh

Dr Zoë Tieges is a research fellow in Geriatric Medicine at the Usher institute of the University of Edinburgh. She is a research psychologist by trade, with over 10 years of experience in delirium research. Her research has focused on neuropsychological assessment of delirium and the development and validation of novel assessment methods. She has also recently been appointed as a research fellow in data science at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Dr Terry Quinn

Dr Terry Quinn

SDRC Executive Committee Member

Terry holds the post of Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Stroke Physician in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow.

Terry combines his broad research portfolio with active teaching and clinical commitments.

His primary research interest is the maintenance of brain health in mid-life to mitigate the risks of initiation and progression of degenerative brain disease that may lead to dementia. He is Chief Investigator on the PREVENT Dementia and European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia Research Programmes.

Professor Alan Gow

Professor Alan Gow

Heriot Watt University

Alan joined Heriot-Watt in 2013 as a Lecturer/Assistant Professor and Research Leader. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015, and is now a Professor in Psychology (School of Social Sciences) and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences.

He completed his PhD in 2007 funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh/Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland Studentship. On completing his PhD, he held postdoctoral positions within the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, and has been a guest professor at the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen.

 

 

Dr Jenni Burton

Dr Jenni Burton

University of Glasgow

Jenni is a Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine, based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She commenced her post and higher specialist training in autumn 2018. She is keen to engage with other researchers across the Institute and the University to collaborate on research projects which can help to make a meaningful contribution to improving the lives of older people.

Dr Vivien Swanson

Dr Vivien Swanson

University of Stirling

Vivien is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Stirling

Kieren Egan

Kieren Egan

University of Strathclyde

Kieren joined the University of Strathclyde Computer Information Sciences department in 2018. His particular research interest is in non-communicable disease including dementia, ageing populations, mental health alongside the potential role of digital health in future healthcare. His PhD work involved a systematic review of candidate dementia interventions with the CAMARADES group at the University of Edinburgh (http://www.dcn.ed.ac.uk/camarades/default.htm) and derived a number of evidence based reasons as to why candidate interventions do not always succeed in clinical trials. 

Sarah Gregory

Sarah Gregory

University of Edinburgh

Sarah is a PhD researcher and study coordinator in the Edinburgh Dementia Prevention group at the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD research looks at the HPA axis (our stress system) and its impact on risk for Alzheimer’s disease. She has over 10 years of experience working in the field of dementia research, with specialisms in clinical trials and cohort studies for people living with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, mental health conditions and healthy volunteers. 

Rose Vincent

Rose Vincent

University of Edinburgh

Rose is a second year PhD student at ECRED (Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia) and Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre. She is interested in developing ways to work in partnership with people living with young onset dementia to address needs in research, support, and services

Sahan Mendis

Sahan Mendis

University of Edinburgh

Dr Sahan Mendis is a Clinical Research Fellow, third year PhD student funded by Alzheimer Scotland and honorary Specialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry based at the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre. Dr Mendis’ PhD research uses the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 to explore the relationship between life course socioeconomic status and adult structural brain change. Dr Mendis has previously published work on bilingualism and cognitive reserve, traumatic brain injury and cultural aspects of dementia screening. Alongside his research interests, Dr Mendis is committed to raising the profile of diversity at the University of Edinburgh and is a committee member at the University of Edinburgh Race Equality Network  (EREN) and Diversity@Edinburgh Neuroscience.

Miriam Scarpa

Miriam Scarpa

University of Glasgow

Miriam Scarpa is a final year PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow Centre for Translational Pharmacology, funded by an MRC-iCASE studentship in collaboration with Eli Lilly and company. Her research investigates G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) as drug targets for the symptomatic and disease-modifying treatment of neurodegenerative conditions, with particular focus on the M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor

Kamar Ameen-Ali

Kamar Ameen-Ali

University of Glasgow

Kam is a research associate in the Glasgow Brain Injury Research group at the University of Glasgow. She works on the international  CONNECT-TBI project which aims to understand the relationship between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease

Samantha Wilson

Samantha Wilson

University of Liverpool

Samantha Wilson is a second-year PhD student at the University of Liverpool. Her PhD explores how people living with dementia use their everyday smartphone and tablet devices to support their memory and cognition.

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