Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Professor Ian McKeith

Professor of Old Age Psychiatry


DLB International Consortium Lead

NIHR Inaugural Senior Investigator

Diagnostics and Therapeutics  Lead  in the Newcastle BRU on Lewy Body Dementias.

Brain Ageing and Stroke Theme Lead in the Newcastle BRC on Ageing


Research Interests

I was a founding member of Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH), a large inter-disciplinary research group spanning molecular mechanisms of cell ageing to clinical intervention studies. Within the IoN and NUIA our main research strategies centre upon longitudinal clinical assessment of patients with neurodegenerative disorders with follow up to death and request for brain autopsy. My own studies focused upon Lewy body disease have contributed to the development of globally used Consensus criteria for the clinical and pathological diagnosis and management of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and related disorders. I am a longstanding member of UK MRC CFAS and have led several international multicentre trials of diagnostic and treatments agents.

Current Work

Co-Director and Industry Lead for UK Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Clinical Research Network (DeNDRoN)

Research Roles

Brain Ageing and Stroke Theme Lead  NIHR Biomedical Research Centre on Ageing

Clinical Theme Lead, NIHR Biomedical Research  Unit on Lewy Body Dementias 

Lead for International Consortium on Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Esteem Indicators

Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award 2015  US Alzheimer's Association

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) 2012

Lifetime Achievement Award 2008 UK Royal College of Psychiatrists

NIHR Inaugural Senior Investigator of the Faculty 2008

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (F Med Sci) 2004