Meet the Programme Committee for Alzheimer's Research UK's Clinical Conference 2022.
Dr Liz Coulthard
Dr Liz Coulthard is an associate professor in dementia neurology at the University of Bristol. She leads the ReMemBR group (Research into Memory, the Brain and Dementia) and runs a cognitive disorders clinic focusing on early, accurate diagnosis of dementia.
Dr Coulthard’s research looks at early markers of and interventions for Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, she investigates the relationship between long-term memory, sleep and Alzheimer’s disease with a view to developing interventions for sleep to help prevent decline and improve quality of life in prodromal and established Alzheimer’s.
“I’m delighted to be part of the programme committee to help embed innovation into dementia clinical practice, and to advocate for the inclusion of research as a routine aspect of clinical care.”
Prof John-Paul Taylor
Prof John-Paul Taylor MBBS (hons) MRCPsych PhD is an academic old age psychiatrist and Honorary Consultant at Newcastle University and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.
He graduated with honours and distinction from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne having completed an intercalated MD PhD programme in 2001. He subsequently worked in the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London, before completing clinical academic training in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In 2010, he was awarded a Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellowship and was appointed Professor of Translational Dementia Research at Newcastle University in 2019.
Prof Taylor has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters and has edited two books in the field of dementia and old age psychiatry. His research focuses on the application of neuroimaging and neurophysiological approaches in understanding symptom aetiology in dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia, as well as developing better management approaches for people with Lewy body disease. Clinically, he leads a specialist Lewy body dementia clinic in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.
“I’m passionate about improving the lives of people living with dementia and their families. Optimistically, while we still don’t have therapies in the UK that can significantly delay or prevent dementia, there has been considerable progress in recent years, and there is new momentum in clinical dementia research.
“The conference is a fantastic opportunity to share the latest advances that will shape clinical practice in the near future”.
Dr Chineze Ivenso
Dr Chineze Ivenso is a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Newport, Wales.
Dr Ivenso is passionate about developing memory assessment services which will provide accessible and outstanding mental health provision to patients and families.
“I’m excited at the opportunity that being part of the programme committee provides to help translate dementia research into day-to-day clinical practice.”
Professor Jon Schott
Jonathan Schott is Professor of Neurology at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology, and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Queen Square.
His clinical practice and research centre on the dementias, with particular interests in how clinical and cognitive data, imaging and fluid biomarkers, and genetics can be used and combined to improve differential diagnosis and identify pre-symptomatic dementia.
Prof Schott co-leads the mental ageing programme of the MRC British 1946 birth cohort, is Chair Emeritus of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy (ISTAART) advisory council, Clinical Advisor to the UK Dementia Research Institute, Chair of the ABN Dementia Clinical Advisory Panel, and Chief Medical Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK, Europe’s largest dementia research charity.