Part 1: The science of dementia
Professor Hugo Critchley
Professor Hugo Critchley is head of the BSMS Department of Neuroscience, Foundation Chair
of Psychiatry at BSMS (2006) and founding co- director of the Sackler Centre of Consciousness Science (2010). Hugo’s research combines clinical and cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry, autonomic physiology & medicine, and neuroimaging in order to understand mind-brain-body interactions and their relevance to health. Within psychiatry, Hugo undertook specialised training in neuropsychiatry and works clinically for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust within the Neurodevelopment Service, which he helped set up in 2007 for the diagnostic assessment and clinical management of adults expressing neurodevelopment conditions including autism spectrum conditions, Tourette Syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Proteins at the centre of Alzheimer's disease pathology
Professor Louise Serpell
Professor Louise Serpell BSc. DPhil. has worked on protein misfolding for over 26 years and published over 130 articles with an H-index of 61 (Google Scholar) and holds one patent. The groups research methods include structure determination of fibrous structures utilising transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray fibre diffraction (XRFD) and biophysical techniques. Louise is an editor for Journal of Molecular Biology, Biochemical Journal and Frontiers in Biosciences. She has served as a panel member on Royal Society, BBSRC, UKRI Future Leader Fellowships and Alzheimer’s Society grant funding boards.
Understanding how sleep and circadian rhythms contribute to brain function
Professor Derk-Jan Dijk
Professor Naji Tabet, Director of the Centre for Dementia Studies and 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.
Assistive media in dementia care
Professor David Frohlich
Professor David Frohlich is Director of Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey and Professor of Interaction Design. He joined the Centre in January 2005 to establish a new research agenda on new media innovation with social and cultural benefit. Prior to joining Digital World, David worked for 14 years as a senior research scientist at HP Labs, conducting design research on the future of mobile, domestic and photographic technology.
Day-to-day-variation in cognition, mood and actigraphically assessed sleep in Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment and controls
Dr Sara Balouch
Dr Sara Balouch completed her Psychology PhD on Memory for Everyday Activities in People with Dementia at the University of Sussex in 2014. Following on from this Sara was involved with various research projects with the South London Stroke Register at King’s College London for a year. She then joined Brighton & Sussex Medical School as a Research Fellow for three years leading various projects that investigated the lifestyle risk factors of dementia, such as sleep and social networks. She was also involved in qualitative research investigating the dementia attitudes of caregivers in Pakistan in collaboration with the University of Southampton. In 2019, Sara took up a permanent lecturer post at BPP University, London, where she now teaches and leads Biological Psychology and Cognitive Psychology MSc modules.
Learning for the future our PhD students
Katie Alford is a third year PhD student looking at quality of life in people living with HIV and cognitive impairment. After graduating from University of Sussex with an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, Katie worked as a research assistant on projects looking at youth engagement and uptake of CBT in psychosis services and on the impacts of polypharmacy in those living with HIV.
Yvonne Feeney is a PhD student at Brighton
and Sussex Medical School studying empathy towards people with dementia in undergraduate healthcare students. Yvonne has a background as an Adult Nurse and has worked at the Centre for Dementia Studies since 2016 as a research assistant on the Time for Dementia programme. She completed her MSc in Dementia Studies at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2019. Her research interests include improving quality of life for people with dementia, and the role education plays in improving understanding and attitudes toward the dementia.
Molly Hebditch is a PhD student at the Centre for Dementia Studies. Her research aims to explore medical and nursing student’s career preferences for working with people with dementia. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a BSc in Psychology and the University College London with an MSc in Research Methods for Psychology. She has previously worked for the Alzheimer’s society supporting people affected by dementia and developing dementia-friendly services in the community. Molly also worked for the University of Surrey as a research assistant on the Time for Dementia educational programme. Her research interests include the improvement of quality of life and care practices for those affected by dementia, and education in dementia.
Sana Bestwn holds a BSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Westminster and an MSc in Neuroscience from Kings College London. She is currently a first year PhD student within the Centre for Dementia Studies investigating the practices, attitudes and outcomes of patients with memory complaints but with no dementia diagnosis following memory clinical assessment.
Megan Zelenka is a PhD student at the Centre for Dementia Studies, Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Her project, funded by the Applied Research Collaboration - Kent, Surrey, and Sussex (ARC KSS), will investigate the determinants of multiple hospital admissions for people with dementia. Megan previously completed her MPH in Public Health and her BSc in Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham, in 2020 and 2019 respectively. Throughout her university education, Megan has shown interest in the neuroscience of ageing and the organisational challenges of treating people with dementia. Her research interests include improving the quality of life for people with dementia, the negative consequences of multiple hospital admissions, and further understanding of the burdensome transition from hospital to own home or care home.