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Sube Banerjee

Director of Centre for Dementia Studies
Professor Sube Banerjee

Sube Banerjee MBE, MB BS MSc MBA MD FRCPsych is Professor of Dementia and Associate Dean at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. He trained at St Thomas’s, Guy’s and the Maudsley hospitals, and was the Professor of Mental Health and Ageing at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, for 10 years. He was the Department of Health for England’s senior professional advisor on dementia and led the development of its National Dementia Strategy, as well as conducting the national enquiry into the use of antipsychotics in dementia for the UK government. He developed the Croydon Memory Service Model and works with industry and governments on health systems, policy and strategies to improve health for older adults with complex needs and those in long-term care with dementia.

An active researcher with more than 120 original papers published in peer-reviewed journals, Professor Banerjee focuses on measurement of quality of life in dementia, evaluation of new treatments and services, and the interface between policy, research and practice. He has been awarded national and international awards for his work in policy and research.

Tanya Telling

Assistant Director of Centre for Dementia Studies
Tanya Telling

Tanya Telling is responsible for the business and day-to-day running of CDS, and the management and delivery of its programmes. She takes the lead in the interface with SPT clinical services and the NHS, social care and industry more broadly, as well as leading in the development and policy elements of CDS. • 01273 265909

Manager of Centre for Dementia Studies
Victoria Hare

The CDS Manager is responsible for managing and delivering the regional education programme in partnership with Health Education England and supporting the Assistant Director in the development of Trust and clinical links to the CDS.


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Co-Lead for Primary Care Dementia Fellowship Programme
Breda Flaherty

Breda Flaherty is Course Director for the MSc in Leadership and Commissioning, where she leads on Developing Effective Commissioners and on Clinical Leadership. Breda is a faculty member at the NHS Leadership Academy, a Leadership Associate at the King’s Fund, and Commissioning Development Associate at the National Skills Academy for Social Care (NSASC). She focuses on developing clinical, managerial and social care leaders in changing organisations to improve services. • 01273 644506

Module Leader of MSc Dementia Studies
Dr Tony Coates

Dr Tony Coates is Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a module leader for the MSc in Dementia Studies. His module covers the psychosocial aspects of dementia care. His main interest within psychiatry has always been in the field of dementia and he is particularly interested in helping people who are affected by rarer forms of dementia, such as those in younger age groups. Dr Coates hosts a regional support group for people with the visual variant of Alzheimer’s disease, known as posterior cortical atrophy. • 01243 791833

Module Leader of MSc Dementia Studies
Dr Malgorzata (Gosia) Raczek

Dr Gosia Raczek is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at BSMS and a module leader for the MSc in Dementia Studies. She is also a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where she is the Clinical Director in Dementia and Later Life pathway. Dr Raczek pursues her research interest in neuroimaging in dementia and Parkinson’s disease with researchers in the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre, and her clinical work is shared between Memory Assessment Service in West Sussex and Poynings Unit at Princess Royal Hospital. • 01403 223244

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Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Stephanie Daley

Dr Stephanie Daley is the evaluation lead for the Time for Dementia programme. Stephanie undertook her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London on the applicability of the concept and practice of recovery for older people with mental health problems, including dementia. Stephanie has over 20 years experience as an Occupational Therapist, most recently as the Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy for the Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia CAG at the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust. Stephanie has also worked as an Organisational Consultant, and has run the Leadership and Change module for the Advanced Care of Dementia at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London since 2011. • 01273 873206


Nicolas Farina

Research Fellow
Dr Nicolas Farina

Dr Nicolas Farina is a Research Fellow for the Centre for Dementia Studies. He has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sussex, in which he explored the effects of physical activity on the executive decline of people with dementia. Dr Farina is particularly interested in the role of physical activity in improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers. He is also interested in improving people’s attitudes and knowledge about the condition. He has experience working with a community-based dementia population and writing systematic reviews on a number of topics. He is also the local project supervisor for the MODEM study ( • 01273 678995

Research Fellow 
Dr Ben Hicks

Dr Ben Hicks is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Dementia Studies and the study co-ordinator for the DETERMIND project. He has a PhD from Bournemouth University, where he also previously worked as a Psychology Lecturer and Associate Director of the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre. Ben’s PhD was concerned with supporting the social inclusion and well-being of rural-dwelling older men with dementia. He has a particular interest in exploring how creative initiatives can be used as a means to appeal to people with dementia and enhance their sense of inclusion. These include graffiti art, commercial gaming technology (Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Kinect and iPads) as well as dance and drama. Ben has experience working with people with dementia and their care partners living within the community as well as in care homes.


Research Fellow student
Dr Laura Hughes

Dr Laura Hughes is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Dementia Studies. She has a PhD from Brighton and Sussex Medical School which explored the implementation of routine quality of life measurement in care homes. Laura’s research interests include measuring, improving, and maintaining quality of life and quality of care in care homes. She has an interest in working closely and collaboratively with care home staff during research to enhance pragmatic use of research findings. More broadly Laura is interested in many aspects of older adult health and social care such as care staff experiences of caring and public attitudes toward dementia and dementia care.  Laura worked in the social care sector for over eight years and has extensive research and occupational experience working with people living in care homes, their families, and care home staff. • 01273 872691

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Research Assistant
Yvonne Feeney

Yvonne Feeney qualified as a Registered General Nurse from University College Cork in 2003. Following qualification, Yvonne worked as a staff nurse in the acute care settings before commencing her career managing care services for older people in Scotland in 2008. During this time, she gained a keen interest in dementia care, specifically in relation to improving quality of life for those living with dementia in the care home setting. This led to an interest in applied research and the role education plays in improving awareness and attitudes toward the condition. In 2016 Yvonne joined the Centre for Dementia Studies at BSMS to commence her role as research assistant on the Time for Dementia programme. Yvonne also supports clinical research studies in a nursing capacity at the Dementia Research Unit in Crowborough. She commenced her MSc in Dementia Studies at University of Brighton in 2017. • 01273 873 211

Serena Thomas

Research Assistant
Serena Thomas

Serena Thomas graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. Since then, she has completed a Graduate Psychology Internship with the Clinical Audit department at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (SPFT) and worked as a Healthcare Assistant across dementia and older adult’s functional wards in Sussex. Serena is passionate about improving the quality of life of people with dementia. She is currently a Research Assistant working with Dr Farina on his research into physical activity and quality of life in dementia. Serena is also supporting Prof Banerjee in the SPFT Strategic review of Older People’s and Dementia services. • 01273 873 211

Gina Sherlock

Research Assistant 
Gina Sherlock

Gina Sherlock graduated from the University of Sussex in 2016 with an MSc in Experimental Psychology. Following this she worked as a Healthcare Assistant in a number of acute mental health hospitals, helping to support individuals with a wide range of mental health issues. Gina also has experience of working with individuals with cognitive impairment through working in a Recovery and Rehabilitation service.  Her interests include improving wellbeing and quality of life for people with dementia. She is currently working as a Research Assistant on the VAMiD study. • 01273 873 211

Research Assistant
Alice Russell

Alice Russell is a Research Assistant for the DETERMIND project. She graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. Since then, she undertook a Graduate Psychology Internship with the Adur, Arun and Worthing (AAW) Assessment and Treatment Service (ATS) at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (SPFT). Alice’s interest for dementia was established during her University dissertation where she interviewed Dementia Carers about how friendships affected their lives.

Research Assistant
Rachel Nethercott

Rachel Nethercott is a Research Assistant on the DETERMIND study. She graduated from the University of Sussex in 2019 with an MSc in Experimental Psychology, where she wrote her dissertation on the importance of social groups for wellbeing. Prior to and alongside her Masters, she worked with a wide range of clinical service users. Her interests include social factors in mental health and inequalities in treatments and outcomes.

Research Assistant
Jacob Reichental

Jacob Reichental is a Research Assistant on the DETERMIND study. He graduated from the University of Sussex in 2015 with a BSc in psychology before completing an MA in Social Development in 2016. Since then, Jacob has worked within older age crisis teams as a Healthcare Assistant as well as supported clients with their mental health as a CBT practitioner. Through his work with older people, he has developed an interest in the influence of biopsychosocial factors which inform the experience of dementia and older age care.

Denise Roden

Project Administrator, Time for Dementia
Denise Roden 

Denise manages the administration for the Time for Dementia programme which gives medical students the opportunity to visit a family living with dementia over a period of two years. Denise works closely with the Evaluation Lead, Dr Stephanie Daley, to ensure the smooth running of the programme. This includes pairing the students with the participant families, keeping track of when students are out on visits and keeping in touch with the participant families. • 01273 678 182

Centre Administrator
Linda Bennett

Linda Bennett works at the Centre for Dementia Studies as Personal Assistant to Professor Banerjee and administrator for the team.  Working closely with colleagues, she ensures the Centre for Dementia Studies runs effectively and efficiently.  • 01273 877 896

Dementia Research Unit (DRU)

Dementia Research Unit (DRU) at Sussex Partnership NHS Trust is a central element of CDS. The Unit is dedicated to research into the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and has been conducting clinical trials since 2007. An active member of DeNDRoN, the Unit aims to provide a positive experience to people taking part in research whilst investigating new possibilities for the treatment and care of those with dementia.

Making important contributions to dementia research, DRU has developed into a centre of excellence in dementia trials, with particular strengths in the successful conduct of industry sponsored studies.

Naji Tabet

DRU Lead
Dr Naji Tabet

Dr Naji Tabet, Reader in Old Age Psychiatry, is a course leader of the MSc Dementia Studies, and leads the clinical trial arm of CDS. Dr Tabet has been an investigator on over 20 major clinical trials and is also actively investigating non-pharmacological approaches that may have an added benefit for Alzheimer’s disease patients. He is also studying biochemical and immunological markers to shed further light on disease pathogenesis and progression.

Clinical Research Team Leader
Sarah Styles

Sarah Styles is responsible for the management of the DRU. Sarah works closely with Industry Sponsors and the Governance Team to identify and set up commercial research, and supports her team to successfully deliver the studies. She also works in partnership with the CDS to ensure that dementia research is fully supported. • 01892 603107

Research Nurses and Clinical Research Coordinators
Rachel Russel • Sam Holden • Marcela Carvajal • Sharne Berwald

The Research Team at the DRU coordinate a range of industry-sponsored and academic research studies addressing Alzheimer’s Disease. They work closely with patients and their caregivers to provide information about research studies and, once consented into a study, coordinate their journey through it. They undertake clinical assessments, deliver research intervention and collate study data, as well as promoting a strong research culture across the Trust and beyond.

Marcus Irving • Lynda Trumpess

As Administrators for DRU, Lynda ensures that the office runs smoothly day-to-day and Marcus assists in the financial and administration of the research studies.