Meet the Executive Committee

Professor Craig Ritchie
Lead for both Prevention and Scottish Dementia Informatics Platform
I am Professor of Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the new Centre for Dementia Prevention there. I have been involved over at least 20 years in researching the causes of dementia most recently in people in mid-life.
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Dr Peter Connelly
Deputy Lead for Diagnosis and Deputy Lead for Prevention
In my 27 years as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist I have retained a high level of face to face contact with people with dementia and their families. In addition I was in medical management for 14 years, including 3 years as Associate Medical Director for Mental Health in Tayside. I have also represented my professional group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 10 years, latterly as Chair of the UK Faculty of Old Age Psychiatrists. I was a key player in securing funding for the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network (SDCRN) which I co-lead.

Professor Alison Murray
Lead for Diagnosis
I am a clinical academic neuroradiologist and Director Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre. I have been activein longitudinal population imaging research for 15 years and also have a key role in molecular brain imaging in NHS patients with dementia and in clinical trials of novel therapies in Alzheimer’s disease. I am a founding and executive member of the Scottish Imaging Network SINAPSE and remain an active member of its molecular imaging committee. I can bring both practical experience of brain imaging in patients with dementia in the NHS (CT, MRI, blood flow and eurotransmitter SPECT) and use of imaging in cognitive ageing and dementia research.

Professor Debbie Tolson
lead for Living well with dementia 
I am an experienced applied researcher with a track record of interdisciplinary studies related to the health/social care of older people and people with dementia. In addition to my UK research & practice networks I also bring international connections through my nursing leadership roles with IAGG (Global Long Term Care Taskforce), and ELTECA (a central and eastern European interdisciplinary virtual faculty for long term care). I am an experienced committee chair and an effective committee member with good interpersonal skills, and an ability to see synergies and foster approaches that are inclusive and result orientated.
Professor Frank Gunn-Moore
Lead for Fundamental Sciences
I have two relevant areas of expertise: 1) My research is focussed on understanding and developing treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. My approach has involved using all three science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), as such I have a wide experience of how the basic sciences can contribute to the Science and Technology of Dementia; 2) I have worked within other “pooling” initiatives in Scotland e.g. as Head of the Alzheimer’s Research UK network for East-Central Scotland, Head of the Biophotonics theme of the Stanford Scottish Universities Partnership, and also I sit on the executive for the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance.

Professor Jean Manson

I hold a personal chair in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Edinburgh. I have been a research scientist in the neurodegenerative prion diseases for over 30 years and in recent years have been involved in research in Alzheimer’s disease. I have been during that time committed to bringing together a wide range of people working in this field from health care workers to scientists. I have also delivered a number of public lectures and engaged with general audiences in raising awareness of the scientific research activities in this field. I serve on government and scientific advisory committees worldwide. I am committed to facilitating advances in the dementia field through research, in particular working with young researchers and also effectively engaging with the wider community.


Dr Richard Simpson OBE
Dr Richard Simpson OBE is an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at the University of Stirling attached to the Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals Research Unit . He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of General Practitioners and of Psychiatry. After 32 years in medicine during which he set up two research groups (Forth Valley Primary Care Research Group and the Anxiety and Stress management centre). He was elected in 1999 as an MSP and served as a Justice Minister in the first Scottish Parliament. He was reelected in 2007 and served as Shadow Public minister until retiring in 2016. He has over 20 peer reviewed papers three book chapters and served on the Scottish Chief Scientist’s research committee for six years.