July Open Day (2014) - UCL Division of Psychiatry

  • Are you interested in studying in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL?
  • Have you been offered a place on or do you plan to apply for the new MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research or MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences?
  • Would you like to meet some of the course staff on our new MScs?
  • Would you like to hear some more details about the modules on our new MScs?

The event will be taking place on 21st July between 13.30 and 17.00. 

We will be holding this event at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies building at 16 TAVITON STREET, LONDON, WC1H 0BW – room 347

Athena SWAN Silver Award

Current Research in Dementia

The aim of this optional single module is for students to develop an advanced understanding of the current main questions in research in dementia, spanning biological, psychological and social approaches to research. This will provide foundations for students to embark on research in this area, and/or to practice clinically in a way that is directly informed by current research.

The course will be taught over 6 half day sessions, accompanied by Moodle online materials and relevant sessions in the MSc journal club.

Module Contents

Research in the following areas will be covered:

  • Diagnosing dementia syndromes
  • Epidemiology and risk factors in dementia
  • Approaches to early detection of dementia
  • Genetics of dementia: current understanding and potential public health and clinical implications.
  • Current neuroimaging research in dementia and implications for dementia diagnosis and management.
  • Drug treatments in dementia; current evidence and research
  • Psychosocial interventions in dementia: approaches and evidence on outcomes.
  • Service user and carer experiences of dementia and dementia care

Learning Outcomes

These are the intended learning outcomes for the module:

  • Students will be able to appraise papers based on biological, psychological and social approaches to dementia research, and to explain how these perspectives may be integrated.
  • Students will be able to suggest approaches to managing dementia and understand high risk factors associated with dementia based on an up-to-date understanding of research findings in these fields.
  • Students will be able to identify the key questions motivating current research on the aetiology and management of dementia and to explain how these are being addressed.
  • Students will be able to suggest ways of addressing research questions relating to the aetiology and management of dementia and related cognitive disorders.

Module Leaders

Claudia Cooper and Liz Sampson will lead this module. Several other teachers from within and outside the Division will also be involved.

Dr Claudia Cooper

Claudia Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Psychiatry and Consultant in the Camden Memory Service. She is a graduate of the predecessor of the current MScs in the Division of Psychiatry, the MSc in Psychiatric Research. She is interested in the epidemiology of older people's mental health, happiness and well-being, and in the mental health of carers of people with dementia. Other research interests include elder abuse - its epidemiology and prevention and the provision of quality and equality in dementia care. She has a lead role for our Division’s undergraduate teaching in UCL medical school. One of her current main research roles is as one of the investigators on the Marque Project. This is a major programme of research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and led by Professor Gill Livingston (UCL Psychiatry) to improve quality of life in dementia by reducing agitation.

Dr Liz Sampson

Dr Liz Sampson works as a Consultant in Haringey Memory Service with Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust. She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Division, supported by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit. The Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit is based within the Division of Psychiatry and aims to deliver high quality research on ways of improving end of life care, including in advanced dementia, Liz’s primary research interest. She is interested in the epidemiology and health services research in end of life care and specifically identifying barriers to access to good quality palliative care, and complex interventions improving care in a range of settings.

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