Reviewed: Dementia Care and Support Lecture

John Henry Cardinal Newman - First Rector, Catholic University: 1854 – 1858, UCD

John Henry Cardinal Newman – First Rector, Catholic University: 1854 – 1858, UCD

UCD’s historic Newman House on St. Stephen’s Green was the venue for an open evening under the theme Dementia Care and Support which took place on the evening of Wednesday the 26th of February 2014. Newman House is named after the founder of the then Catholic University of Ireland, now University College Dublin, Cardinal / Dr. John Henry Newman. Newman House represents the original 1854 location of the University with the Medical School opening in 1855. The recent NeuroSKILL open evening took place in the Old Physics Theatre which retains its neo-gothic styling.

The evening received much advance interest from professionals, researchers and members of the public and was attended by 40 people with an interest in the theme. Dr Jonathan McNulty, from the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science and the UCD NeuroSKILL project lead, opened the evening by welcoming all attendees and providing a brief overview of the NeuroSKILL project.

Linda Clare PhD. Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Bangor University

Linda Clare PhD. Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, BU

Guest lecturer Professor Linda Clare from Bangor University (UK) then gave an excellent talk on Awareness, self-concept and the experience of dementia: foundations of a psychologically-minded approach to care and support, followed by an extensive discussion engaging members of the audience. Professor Clare is the Professor of Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology in the School of Psychology, Bangor University, Wales, where she leads the Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) group. Linda has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters. Professor Clare is a chartered clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist and, in 2004, she received the May Davidson award from the British Psychological Society for her contribution to the development of clinical psychology in the UK.

Dr Aurelia Ciblis addressing the meeting at Newman House

Dr Aurelia Ciblis addressing the meeting at Newman House

A series of short 10-minute presentations from members of the NeuroSKILL team followed Professor Clare. Professor Arun Bokde and Dr Paul Mullins, TCD NeuroSKILL and Bangor University NeuroSKILL leads respectively, summarized the neuroimaging research activates at the heart of the project. Dr Aurelia Ciblis (UCD) presented the findings of a survey of general practitioners in relation to their attitudes and opinions towards diagnostic services, neuroimaging and education and training needs relating to dementia.

Finally, Dr McNulty closed the evening by summarizing the education and training activities which form part of the project. The education and training of health professionals, researchers and careers in the area of neuroimaging in dementia is one of the principle objectives of NeuroSKILL. To date, over 110 individuals have engaged with its education and training offerings.