Global Challenges Academy

Addressing Dementia Care

Addressing Dementia Care on a Global Scale

  • Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Partnered with: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; Kings College London; Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia; University of Malaya; Health Action by People; Monash University; Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania; Muhimbli, Tanzania; St Laurence Diabetes Centre, Tanzania; The Aga Khan University, Tanzania; Spritan Missionary Seminary University, Tanzania; Medical College Trivandrum, India; Indian Institute of Science; St John's Medical College Hospital, India
  • Region: Asia and Western Africa

Dementia is a global health priority that has an especially large impact on low and middle-income families. In the absence of a cure, and without a future strategy to reduce the risk and improve care after a diagnosis, dementia will have a devastating societal and economic effect.

How we are meeting this challenge

Our researchers have funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to create a Global Health Research Group on Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care (DePEC). The group will be dedicated to improving the health of patients and public in low and middle-income countries and will combine expertise in public health and primary care, with global epidemiological research.

We will collaborate with colleagues in countries such as Malaysia, Tanzania and India to develop global solutions to the dementia challenge.

Newcastle has a great and deserved reputation in this area, and the collaboration will be extremely positive for potential interventions and improvements for care in our focus countries; Malaysia, Tanzania and India.

Professor Daniel Reidpath, Monash University

With age the biggest risk factor for dementia, the world's rapidly ageing populations make dementia a global challenge. We're working with global partners to address this.

Professor Louise Robinson, Director of Newcastle University Institute for Ageing

Who will benefit

With people living longer across the world, our research will benefit the rapidly expanding ageing population across the globe. 

This project specifically involves the participation of valued partners from Malaysia, Tanzania and India. So there is likely to be benefits in these countries and in the wider regions of Asia and West Africa. 

Project team

  • Professor Louise Robinson, Professor of Primary Care in Ageing, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Mario Siervo, Lecturer in Nutrition & Ageing Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Blossom Stephan, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University, UK
  • Carla van Aller, Research Assistant, Newcastle University, UK
  • Professor Richard Walker, Consultant Physician, North Tyneside General Hospital and Honorary Clinical Professor, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Heather Yemm, Research Associate, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Stella-Marie Paddick, Training Fellow, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Keith Gray, Research Associate, Northumbria Healthcare, UK
  • Dr Catherine Dotchin, Consultant Geriatrician, Northumbria Healthcare, UK
  • Dr Matthew Prina, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, Kings College London, UK
  • Professor Jill Manthorpe, Professor of Social Work at King's College London, Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit and NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus, Kings College London, UK
  • Terry Lisle, Senior Research Administrator, Newcastle University, UK
  • Dr Michaela Goodson, Dean of Research, Newcastle University Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Professor Chin ai-Vryn, Associate Professor, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Dr Tan Maw Pin, Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Professor Daniel Reidpath, Professor of Population Health and Head of Public Health, Monash University, Malaysia
  • Professor Pascale Allotey, Medical Anthropologist Clinical and Public Health Nurse and Midwife, and Professor of Public Health, Monash University, Malaysia
  • Professor Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk, Professor of Health Economics, Monash University, Malaysia
  • Dr Devi Mohan, Senior Lecturer in Global and Public Health, Monash University, Malaysia
  • Professor D Urassa, Public Health Physician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health, Muhimbli University, Tanzania
  • Dr Declare Mushi, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania
  • Dr M Mayige, Principal Research Scientists, National Institute for Medical Research. Founder and Managing Director, St Laurence Diabetes Centre, Tanzania
  • Professor A Jusabani, Assistant Professor Department of Epidemiology, The Aga Khan University, Tanzania
  • Ssenka Safic, Applied Psychology Tutor, Spritan Missionary Seminary University, Tanzania
  • Professor T Iype, Head of Department of Neurology, Medical College Trivandrum, India
  • Professor P Vijay Kumar, Professor in Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, India
  • Dr S Nair, Associate Professor in of the Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine, St. John’s Medical College Hospital,India

Let's work together

If you're interested in working with us on a future research project, or would like to collaborate, email us today: global.challenges@ncl.ac.uk