Professor Clive Ballard
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter
Clive has led or co-authored well over 600 research papers. He received the prestigious Weston Brain Institute International Outstanding Achievement Award 2019. His main research specialisms are drug discovery, dementia prevention, improving care for people with dementia in residential homes. He is also an expert in Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia, and is an advocate of better prescribing and treatment pathways to improve outcomes for individuals. Before joining Exeter, Clive held directorship roles at King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry and at the Alzheimer’s Society. He was pivotal in the successful campaign to overturn a NICE decision and make anti-dementia drugs available for people with dementia.
Clive is part of a growing team of outstanding researchers at the College of Medicine and Health, which is recruiting high-calibre academics and significantly expanding educational programmes and student numbers. In the last year, the College has reached the Leiden ranking’s world top 20 for the quality of its Health and Biomedical Science research, attracted a £10 million donation from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation, launched a new Academy of Nursing and received permission to expand Medicine student numbers.
Professor Esme Moniz-Cook
Esme Moniz-Cook is a Professor of Clinical Psychology of Ageing and Dementia Care at the University of Hull. Her award-winning work focuses on psychosocial approaches to dementia and how to improve dementia care for patients. She is one of the founding members of INTERDEM, a pan-European network of researchers working on early detection and psychosocial interventions in dementia that aims to place people with dementia at the heart of research and practice.
Doctor Suzanne Timmons
Dr. Suzanne Timmons is a geriatrician in Cork, Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, UCC, and recently appointed Clinical Lead for the National Dementia Office. She has a special interest in health service research and quality improvement in the area of dementia and delirium care, especially in acute hospitals. She co-led the Irish and Northern Ireland National Audits of Dementia, and the Cork Integrated Dementia care Across Settings (Cork-IDEAS) quality improvement project, developing an integrated dementia care pathway for a local hospital. She also chaired a working group to develop a national delirium algorithm for use on acute hospital wards.
Dr. Timmons leads research programmes in delirium, palliative care in dementia and Parkinson’s disease, and the appropriate prescribing of antipsychotics in dementia. On behalf of the National Dementia Office, she is leading the development of a pathway for people with dementia in acute hospitals, and is co-leading the development of national clinical guidelines for psychotropic medication use in people with dementia.
Norah Walsh is a composer, musician, and conductor based in Dublin whose works have been performed by the Dublin String Quartet and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Alongside her work at the Contemporary Music Centre, she is the musical director for the Forget-Me-Nots, an inclusive choir that welcomes people with dementia and memory loss. With Norah at their helm, the Forget-Me-Nots have performed everywhere from St Patrick’s Cathedral to Dublin Airport.