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Published:October 6th, 2010 17:20 EST
Dementia: Global Impacts and the National Response by Professor Alistair Burns

Dementia: Global Impacts and the National Response by Professor Alistair Burns

By Ernest Dempsey

Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing, University of Sheffield, Tuesday 16 November 2010

6:00 pm start, Lecture Theatre 3, Floor F, School of Medicine,

Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield

Tea and soft drinks, 5.30 pm in the Faculty Room, Floor

Synopsis: Professor Burns`s lecture will begin with the importance of dementia as a disease with a profound global impact in terms of the numbers of people affected and the consequences for individuals and society. He will then discuss the clinical presentation of dementia, the prospects for treatment and prevention, and the opportunities in implementing the National Dementia Strategy.


Professor Alistair Burns (MBChB, FRCP, FRCPsych, MD, MPhil, DHMSA) is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at The University of Manchester and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT). He graduated in medicine in Glasgow in 1980 and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. He became the Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry in The University of Manchester in 1992, where he has been Head of the Division of Psychiatry and is currently a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, with responsibility for clinical affairs. He leads the memory clinic in MMHSCT and the Old Age Liaison Psychiatry Service in UHSMT. Professor Burns is a Past President of the International Psychogeriatric Association, is on the board of the European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, chair of the UK Alzheimer`s Society Medical and Scientific Panel, an Associate Director of the UK Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Network (DeNDRoN), and a member of the Medical Research Council College of Experts.  He is Editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry. His research and clinical interests are in mental health problems of older people, particularly dementia and Alzheimer`s disease. He has published nearly 300 papers and 25 books. He was recently appointed as National Clinical Director for Dementia for England at the Department of Health. 

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