New centre to pioneer research into dementia

   
   
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A new centre of excellence is being launched by the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham seeking to transform our understanding of dementia.

The Centre for Dementia will focus on dementia as a pathway or a journey, which typically lasts for several years from first onset to end-of-life. All the points along the journey need to be better understood – with great potential for research in many fields.

The Centre for Dementia will be formally launched during Dementia Awareness Week on Tuesday 20 May at the Institute of Mental Health on The University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

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The event takes place from 9.45am to 1.30pm and includes speeches from Professor David Greenaway, Vice Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, Baroness Murphy, a member of the House of Lords whose distinguished career includes academic old age psychiatry and health services leadership, and Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia with NHS England.

The Institute is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and The University of Nottingham. It already houses a number of specific centres of excellence covering areas such as health and criminal justice, ADHD, social futures, and education.

Professor Tom Dening, Director of the new centre, said: “I am delighted to be able to launch a new dedicated centre for dementia research. Through high-quality, useful research we will seek to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers, looking at how people with dementia spend their time and what helps them to get quality from life. Research staff within the centre will work hard to implement things that work and will use their expertise to raise awareness in society about ageing and dementia.”

The launch event will showcase a number of mental health research projects and activities linking into the Centre for Dementia. These include dementia and genetics, the arts in care homes, dementia and employment, and the innovative use of dementia research in drama.

Further information is available at:

http://www.institutemh.org.uk/x-about-us-x/our-centres/centre-for-dementia and http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/dementia/index.aspx

For interviews, please contact Professor Tom Dening on 0115 823 0421, mobile 07880 092679 or email tom.dening@nottingham.ac.uk

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Notes to editors:

The Institute of Mental Health was launched in 2006 in Nottingham to help transform our understanding and treatment of mental illness and can now be considered as one of the leading mental health institutes in the UK, offering world class expertise and insight. The Institute is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and The University of Nottingham. Further information on www.institutemh.org.uk and www.mentalhealthclinicians.org.uk.

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Our academics can now be interviewed for broadcast via our new Globelynx fixed camera facility at the University. For further information please contact a member of the Communications team on +44 (0)115 951 5798, email mediahub@nottingham.ac.uk or see the Globelynx website for how to register for this service.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with campuses in China and Malaysia modelled on a headquarters that is among the most attractive in Britain’ (Times Good University Guide 2014). It is also the most popular university among graduate employers, the world’s greenest university, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the World's Top 75 universities by the QS World University Rankings.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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