**Free public event on Wed 28th Nov 2018***
You are invited to join us for an afternoon of interesting talks about dementia and dementia research. The talks will tackle important questions relating to dementia and highlight dementia research taking place locally and nationally. A draft schedule can be found below.

The event is free to attend and open to anyone interested in learning about dementia research, but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To read mroe and register to attend, please visit:




Dr Michael Craig, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh


In this first session we will hear from people working at organisations and charities involved in facilitating and supporting dementia research. The speakers will introduce dementia, highlight why research is important, and discuss how their organisations facilitate dementia research.


Alzheimer's Society Research Network: Involving people affected by dementia in research
Anna Smith, Alzheimer’s Society, London, UK


The European Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (EPAD) Project
Sarah Gregory, European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, Edinburgh, UK


The Scottish Brain Health Register
Dr Lewis Killin, Scottish Brain Health Register, Edinburgh, UK


This second session will comprise a selection of talks from Heriot-Watt University Memory Lab researchers and collaborators who are working on dementia research projects. These talks will highlight research aiming to develop new methods of detecting the onset of dementia and tracking its progression by using measures of behaviour (e.g. from memory tests) and brain activity. 


Developing a new test to detect early memory changes in Alzheimer’s disease
Dr Michael Craig, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK


Can mobile brain activity recording methods be used as a diagnostic tool for dementia?
Elana Bertram, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK


Quantifying functional EEG networks: An opportunity to understand early dementia
Dr Javier Escudero, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK


Virtual reality as a possible tool for testing and boosting memory
Shannon Strickland, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK


Tea and coffee break


In this final session we will hear a series of talks from dementia researchers based in the Edinburgh area and beyond. These talks will explore the effect of dementia on motivation, how we can provide safe and supportive environments for people with dementia, and how attitudes and policy can be amended to support people with dementia to live rich, independent lives.


Demotivation and its dimensions in dementia
Dr Ratko Radakovic, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK


When people with dementia go missing
Katie Gambier-Ross, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Dementia in the workplace: multi-disciplinary projects
Prof. Mike Danson, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh UK


Keynote talk: Alive with Dementia - possibilities and obstructions
Prof. Charlotte Clarke, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK


Closing words
Dr Michael Craig, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK


Post-event reception at Courtyard Hotel on University Campus