Salford Institute for Dementia gains high profile support at House of Commons event

Friday 17 January 2014

Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall travelled to the House of Commons with the Dean of the College of Health & Social Care, Professor Maggie Pearson, and the Rt Hon Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles, to brief senior politicians, journalists, dementia charities and representatives from the health industry about the importance of the Salford Institute for Dementia's research.

The Institute was launched last month to channel the University’s expertise into helping people with dementia to stay independent for longer while minimising distress and discomfort. Academics will investigate how the disciplines of health and social care, the built environment, product design, virtual reality, robotics and the arts and media can work together to improve the dignity and quality of life experienced by people with dementia.

Hazel Blears talked about her personal and professional motivations for making dementia a top political priority, and Professor Hall explained how Salford’s research strengths have put the University in a strong position to lead the dementia agenda. Professor Pearson spoke about the work of the Institute in more detail and Visiting Professor John Zeisel explored global perspectives and why the Salford approach to dementia research is unique.

Some of the high profile people with a special interest in dementia who were present include Tracey Crouch MP, Baroness Sally Greengross, Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford, Lord Turnberg, TV presenter and journalist Fiona Phillips and representatives from Alzheimer’s Society, Florence Nightingale Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Journal of Dementia Care. David Medlock was also present as his generous donation supported the launch of the Institute.

By gaining wide support for its research and activities, the Salford Institute for Dementia aims to become a leader in the field of dementia research both in the UK and abroad.