The NICRN aims to:
Areas of interest include the following:
Donna Fitzsimons, RN, BSc, PhD, FESC
Professor Bernadette McGuinness trained in geriatric medicine and general internal medicine. During this time she graduated with an MD for work on neuropsychological changes in dementia. Prof. McGuinness was awarded the Paul Beeson Career Development Award in 2007. This afforded three further years of research into mild cognitive impairment and led to a PhD.
She currently works as Clinical Professor of Ageing within the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast and Consultant Geriatrician in the Belfast Trust.
Dr McGuinness leads a memory service within the Belfast Trust. From a research perspective she is especially interested in Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, the role of inflammation and nutrition in neurodegeneration; she leads a portfolio of studies in these areas.
She is Clinical Lead of the Northern Ireland Cohort of Longitudinal Ageing (NICOLA) study and co-lead of NICRN Dementia.
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Professor Peter Passmore is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast. He trained in the N. Ireland scheme, graduated with MD in 1987 and spent a year as Senior Lecturer in University of Sydney, Australia. He was appointed Senior Lecturer at Queen’s in 1993 and became Professor of Ageing and Geriatric Medicine in 2007.
Professor Passmore has supervised a number of postgraduate and postdoctoral students and mentored colleagues through the academic pathway to formal academic appointment. He has been an invited speaker at several National and International conferences.
He was visiting Professor to the Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine in 2012. He is an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador. He has over 260 peer-reviewed publications and has published several chapters on a variety of subjects related to cognition and dementia.
Grant funding includes Alzheimers Association, Wellcome, NIA, MRC, EU, BHF, Alzheimers Society and ARUK.
Professor Passmore has served on a number of grant awarding bodies including JPND, Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Society and ARUK and has reviewed for Dutch and Singaporean National Societies.
Professor Passmore has been involved in clinical trials since 1984, and since 1994 in the area of dementia. He has been a co-lead and PI for NICRN Dementia since inception.
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