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Alzheimer’s Research UK Public Event at UEA

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The Alzheimer’s Research UK Public Event will give an overview of the latest dementia research from experts in the field.

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Academics from the University of East Anglia (UEA) invite health professionals, carers, patients and members of the public to join us at this event where they can learn more about the latest research into the detection and treatment of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and share their own experiences.

The event on Friday 28 June is open to all, free to attend and will provide an overview of some of the latest research, with attendees having the opportunity to ask questions to leading experts from UEA, Imperial College London, the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

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From 13.15: Registration

14.00: Welcome - Prof Michael Hornberger, UEA

14.05: Alzheimer's Research UK – Introduction

14.15: Dr Ian Coyle-Gilchrist - 'Apathy in Dementia' (plus Q&A)

14.55: Break and refreshments

15.35: Keynote – Dr Paresh Malhotra - ‘Diagnosing Dementia: PET scans, lumbar punctures and pitfalls’ (plus Q&A)

16.35 : Closing remarks

Parking is free of charge for this event in the ‘Main Visitors Car Park’ only and parking tokens will be validated at the registration desk on arrival. Please note that other car parks on campus will incur standard UEA parking charges.

If you require any further information about the event, please contact:

Email: dementia.research@uea.ac.uk

Tel: 01603 593540

SPEAKER INFORMATION

Dr Paresh Malhotra (Keynote Speaker)

Reader in Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, Imperial College London

‘Diagnosing Dementia: PET scans, lumbar punctures and pitfalls’

Summary:

Over the last twenty years researchers have developed a number of specialist investigations, such as lumbar puncture and PET (positron emission tomography) scanning, to aid diagnosis in cognitive impairment and dementia. Although these are applied in some clinical situations, they are not widely used in everyday practice. I will discuss the importance of accurate diagnosis in dementia and go on to describe our use of these biomarkers in our clinical service at Imperial, which has the most experience with one of these techniques (amyloid PET scanning) in the UK. In addition, I will describe the use of these investigations in larger scale research and the wider implications of this.

Biography:

Dr Paresh Malhotra is a Reader in Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology at Imperial College London, as well as a Consultant Neurologist at Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals. He is also one of the few Neurologists to carry out clinics in a specialist Mental Health Trust. His undergraduate training was in Oxford, and he subsequently carried out a PhD at Imperial College London and University College London, looking at the effects of stroke upon cognition. Following this he completed Specialist Training and became a Consultant Neurologist in 2011. His current work focusses on the cognitive deficits caused by stroke and neurodegenerative disease, particularly Alzheimer’s Disease, and developing treatments for these disorders. He is interested in disorders of attention and memory, and the use of imaging techniques to understand how they are caused. The main aim of understanding these problems is to improve therapeutic effectiveness and he is actively involved in the development and assessment of novel treatments.

Dr Ian Coyle-Gilchrist

Consultant Neurologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

'Apathy in Dementia'

Summary:

Apathy in dementia is common, disabling and distressing. Despite its importance, apathy is poorly understood and attempts to treat it have had mixed results. In this talk I discuss how changes in dementia lead to reports of apathy and use frontotemporal lobar degeneration (a rarer form of dementia where apathy is particularly prominent) as an example of how a multidimensional approach may provide fresh insights into the causes of apathy and how to treat them.

Biography:

Dr Ian Coyle-Gilchrist is a newly appointed consultant neurologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. He has a special interest in cognitive neurology and in particular young onset and less common forms of dementia. He qualified in 2007 at University College London and after junior doctor placements was appointed in 2011 to an academic clinical fellowship in the East of England. Since then he has worked as a neurology registrar in Cambridge (Addenbrooke’s hospital), Queen Square (The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and spent several years researching and working in dedicated dementia and cognitive clinics in Cambridge. His research mainly focuses on frontotemporal lobar degeneration, an umbrella term for Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) and Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD). He has published work on how common these illnesses are, their clinical features and effects on motivation, apathy and impulsivity.

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