Focussing on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases and their progression to develop symptoms as observed in dementia

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Craig is the Professor of Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh, Director of Edinburgh Dementia Prevention and Director of Brain Health Scotland.

Craig is internationally renowned for his work on the design and prosecution of clinical trials. He has been Principal Investigator for almost 30 commercial trials in Alzheimer’s disease, National Chief Investigator for 15 in the UK and Global Coordinating Investigator on 6.

Craig’s research focuses on early detection of disease and the promotion of brain health throughout the life-course to mitigate risks for development and progression of brain diseases that lead to dementia.

Craig is Chair of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium (SDRC) and Chief Investigator of the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD) Consortium and the PREVENT Dementia Programme.

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Dr Vanessa Raymont

Vanessa is an academic old age psychiatrist working at the University of Oxford with a long standing interest in the late life cognitive effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as clinical trials in cognitive disorders and dementia.


Vanessa leads a number of studies focused on dementia prevention and is part of the Oxford Brain Health Clinic initiative. Vanessa is also director of the Oxford Brain Health Clinical Trials Unit, an associate director for Dementias Platforms UK2 and Dementia and Mental Health Lead for the Thames Valley and South Midlands Clinical Research Network.






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Dr Lucy Stirland

Lucy is a psychiatrist undertaking specialist training in the care of older people. She is also a researcher, having completed a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2020.


Lucy's research focuses on people who have many co-existing illnesses, particularly those with a mental illness or dementia. She studies the relationships between these conditions using data both from research studies and from the NHS. In her clinical work, Lucy assesses and treats older people with dementia and mental illnesses in the community and in hospital.





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Miles Welstead

Miles has a BSc and MSc in psychology which has led onto undertaking a PhD studying the individual differences in the causes and consequences of ageing.


In particular Miles is interested in the occurrence of frailty in later life and the risk and preventative factors associated with this.


Frailty can affect a vast number of people and being able to identify those who are at highest risk is a crucial step for us to be able to get people on a healthier trajectory with a lower risk of frailty and subsequently a lower risk of disease, disability and death. 







Research to discover or improve methods to allow neurodegenerative diseases to be detected earlier and more accurately.



The foundation for the development of 

effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

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Improving our understanding of all aspects of dementia care and caring

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Coordinated approach to integrate neurodegenerative diseases data from all real world clinical and research sources  across Scotland