Professor Julian Hughes
Honorary Professor of Philosophy of Ageing and Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry

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  • Address: Institute for Ageing and Health
    Newcastle University
    Wolfson Research Centre
    Campus for Ageing and Vitality
    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5PL


My areas of academic interest are: (a) the notion of personhood, especially related to dementia, and the ethical implications that flow from a particular understanding of personhood; (b) palliative care and the consequent ethical issues that arise for people with dementia and their carers; and (c) the underpinning conceptual and ethical bases of legal concepts relevant to clinical practice in old age medicine and psychiatry. My strategy has two main prongs: to build up our understanding of the conceptual underpinning of clinical practice; and to investigate the nature of ethical dilemmas inherent to clinical practice in relation to ageing.