Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Professor Ian McKeith

Professor of Old Age Psychiatry



Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Newcastle University, UK

Hon. Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry, Newcastle North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health NHS Trust

DLB International Consortium Lead Theme Lead

President of UK Lewy Body Society


 Newcastle NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Lewy Body Dementias (2012- 2017)

Director, UK National Institute of Health Research, Dementias and  Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN) (2004 - 2015)

Clinical Director, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University  (2007 – 2010)

I have 686 articles listed on Google Scholar with 48616citations and H-Index 108 (March 2019).

Esteem Indicators

European Grand Prix for Alzheimer's Research 2018

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  2008

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


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 treatment agents.