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The Salford Institute for Dementia

Who we are

An internationally unique cluster of professions and disciplines at the University of Salford are being brought to bear on the challenge of enabling positive and supportive environments for people living with dementia and for their carers, including: the built environment; robotics, virtual reality,healthanddigitaltechnologies; arts, music and design; health and social care professions; social sciences.

Salford Institute for Dementia Team

Leadership Team

  • Anthea Innes – Director of Salford Institute for Dementia
  • Andrew Clark – Lead for Research
  • Anya Ahmed - Lead for User involvement and Service Improvement
  • Malcolm Granat - Lead for Technology
  • Gemma Lace-Costigan - Lead for Knowledge Translation
  • Jack Wilson - Lead for Creativity
  • Les Ruddock - Lead for Environment
  • Samia Nefti-Meziani – Lead for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
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Director: Professor Anthea Innes

An accomplished academic with a long history of leading research into dementia care was given the role of the University of Salford's first Professor of Dementia in June 2016.

Professor Anthea Innes also took on the role of the Coles-Medlock Director of the Salford Institute for Dementia. The Institute brings together innovative research across the University to find ways of helping people live well with the condition.

Scottish-born Anthea studied at the University of Stirling before moving to work at the University of Bradford as a Research Project Officer with the Bradford Dementia Group, where she also completed her PhD. She worked as a Research Fellow and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling wheresheintroducedthefirst worldwide postgraduate online programme in Dementia Studies. In 2011 she became a Professor at Bournemouth University where she launched and directed the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI). Anthea is a renowned leader in rural dementia care research and has lednumerouspublic engagementanddementia awareness projects including the (Don't) Mention Dementia social art project, and the BUDI Orchestra – both of which have been recognised by the Academy of Social Science.

She was a member of the Task and Finish groups advising the Prime Minister on rural dementia care and dementia friendly technology.

Anthea is a member of INTERDEM, a pan-European network of psycho-social dementia researchers, where she co-leads the technology task force; and she is a member of RADAR a Canadian wide team of rural dementia care researchers.

Anthea is an extensively published author and has secured numerous high value grants for her research work.

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Dr Andrew Clark

Dr Andrew Clark is a Reader in Sociology in the School of Health and Society. At the heart of his work is a commitment to inter- and trans-disciplinary research activity and the benefits this can bring to understanding real world problems and issues.

Recent theoretically informed empirical research has addressed issues of: spatial inequality; public space use; sustainable energy futures; perceptions of fire-risk; university leadership and academic enterprise; and intergenerational neighbourhoods.

Andrew is currently part of an international team working on a 5-year ‘Neighbourhoods and Dementia' mixed methods study lead by Prof John Keady (University of Manchester). Working with Dr Richard Ward (University of Stirling), Sarah Campbell (University of Manchester) and colleagues at the UniversityofLinkoping(Sweden),Andrew's research is exploring how neighbourhoods support the wellbeing and everyday lives of people with dementia and their care partners.

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Professor Anya Ahmed

Professor Anya Ahmed has an academic background in social policy and sociology and a professional background in housing. Prior to becoming an academic she was employed by a local authority and housing association in policy and housing management roles. She has also worked as a freelance trainer andconsultantprimarilyinequality and diversity for HQN Limited and the Housing Diversity Network. Anya’s research centres on ageing, migration, dementia, housing & homelessness and belonging. She has led a range of externally funded projects focusing on the experiences of less heard communitiesand olderpeople,andhas conducted studies on BME communities and dementia.

Anya is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College, the Social Policy Association Executive Committee and is an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Social Policy and Society and the Journal of Social Exclusion. She is a Chartered Institute of Housing External Assessor for Housing Education and sitsontheCIHProfessional Housing Education Strategy Board. She is External Examiner at Leeds Beckett University, the University of Central Lancashire and the Asian Institute of the Built Environment in Hong Kong.

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Professor Malcolm Granat

Malcolm Granat is Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Salford.

He is engaged in research looking at the quantification of free-living physical behaviour. Malcolm’s interest in activity monitoring, using accelerometer based systems, stems from his early work in the development of novel instrumentation for ambulatory monitoring to evaluate the effectivenessofneuroprostheticdevices.

The focus of his research is the development of outcomes measures, based on physical activity patterns, to quantify the effectiveness of interventions in a range of populations and clinical groups (e.g. stroke, osteoarthritis, intermittent claudication, heart failure and people with dementia).

He is also applying these techniques to enhance our understanding of how physical behaviours are affected by environmental and social factors.

Malcolm has been involved in setting up the new International Scientific Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviours (ISMPB), at present he is the Society’s President.

Malcolm is also co-inventor of the activPAL, an accelerometer based physical activity monitoring instrument, which has been widely deployed in many studies worldwide.

Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan

Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan

Dr Gemma Lace-Costigan is a Lecturer in Molecular Biosciences in the School of Environment and Life Sciences. Her research focuses on understanding the underlying cellular mechanisms that lead to brain cell death in dementia. Gemma obtained a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience at the University of Leeds andthencompletedaPhD at the University of Sheffield where she investigated the role of abnormal tau protein deposits in ageing and dementia. After spending a number of years at Sheffield researching various neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease andHuntington’sdisease,Gemmajoined the University of Salford in 2011.

Over the last 3 years Gemma has secured ¬£90,000 of external funding to set up a dementia research team. This group uses human brain tissue from the Manchester Brain Bank based at Salford Royal Hospital, as well as cellular based models to explore abnormalities in brain waste disposal systems and thefactorsthatleadto the accumulation of damaging proteins in dementia. The team aims to identify new drug targets to enhance the clearance or prevent the build of toxic proteins, thus protecting brain cells in a range of dementing diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.

Gemma is passionate about public engagement and raising awareness about dementia and has led sessions at the Manchester Science Festival, ‘The Brain Box 2016’ and at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry. She is also an active dementia charity fundraiser and dedicated teacher, contributingtoavarietyof modules of the BSC (Hons) Biomedical Science (IBMS) and MSc Biomedical Science programmes.

Professor Les Ruddock

Professor Les Ruddock

Les Ruddock is a Professor of Construction and Property Economics and former Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford, where he has also previously held the positions of University Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the6*ratedResearchInstitute for the Built and Human Environment (BuHu).

He is currently the UK member of the Board of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and is also Joint Coordinator of the Working Commission (W055) Construction Industry Economics.

With over one hundred and sixty published outputs, he has written extensively on the economics of the built environment, including his book Economics for the Modern Built Environment on the consequences for the built environment of social and economic changes. He is a member of the editorial board ofseveralresearchjournalsand is a former Editor of the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Research Paper series.

In addition to his expertise in economics, he is also a Chartered Statistician, a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building.

He has been a Principal Investigator on European Commission Framework projects on innovation in the construction sector (Innocons and Constrinnonet) and has also been appointed to act as Economics Chair on the European Construction Technology Platform (ECTP) Task Group on Active Ageing and the BuiltEnvironment.

He has successfully supervised over thirty PhD students and acted as examiner for over fifty.

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Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani

Samia Nefti-Meziani is a Professor of Intelligent Systems and Robotics in School of Computing, Science and Engineering. She is a leading expert internationally in intelligent systems and has more than 20 years of experience in research on artificial cognitive models for robotics systems of complex andnon-linearsystems,andhas published and edited extensively in leading academic journals and books.

She has extensive leadership experience as the Head of the Autonomous Systems & Advanced Robotics Research Centre and the former Director of the doctoral school of the 6* IRIS Research Institute where she nurtured a strong research culture and environment, which received the highest award for researchenvironment(4*)inthe 2008 (RAE).

She has successfully supervised and graduated more than 20 PhD students and has extensive experience running very successful industrial sponsored robotics PG programmes at national and international level. She has led several UK (TSB, EPSRC), European Union, and industrial research projects and hasattractedmorethan£5Mfunding in the last three years.

She is the Vice Chairman of IEEE Robotics and Automation UK & RI, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems and is a Chartered Member of BCS. She is the co-organiser of the Northern Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network and a member of the advisory board of the National EPSRC CentreinIntelligentAutomation.

Salford Institute for Dementia Team

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Luisa Rabanal

Luisa Rabanal is a Research Fellow in Young Onset Dementia at the Salford Institute for Dementia. She was appointed at the end of April 2015 to work on a three-year landmark study in collaboration with Salford City Council looking at the needs of younger people living with dementia using participatoryactionresearch.Thefindingswillbeused to develop best practice in Salford and facilitate the development of support services for people living with young onset dementia.

Luisa has a diverse research background, including seven years studying primates in central Africa. She developed a passion for improving dementia care following a career change where she worked in residential homes as a carer for older people living with dementia. Luisa has three years of experiencesupportingawiderange of people living with dementia in different health care settings, including an NHS dementia-specialist residential nursing home for patients with complex care needs. Luisa is a registered Occupational Therapist and has previously conducted qualitative research using interviewsto capturetheoccupationaland social needs of younger people living with dementia. Luisa is particularly interested in how to increase engagement in meaningful occupation for people living with dementia and the development of creative methods to include them in research.

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Dr Monika Sharma

Dr Monika Sharma is Research Assistant in the Salford Institute for Dementia and has expertise in environmental architecture design quality and its evaluation related to issues that affect and are especially important to older people. She is an Architect and Planner holding a Bachelor's degree in Architecture,shehasPgDipand MAin Spatial Planning from Birmingham City University and has a Masters in Technology in Urban Planning.

Monika's PhD research into architectural design quality of sheltered housing outputs to date have been judged to be of internationally excellent quality and the Evaluation Tool that she has developed has been examined by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and it is now included on the website, asaninstrumentsettingnew standards indesign: A paper on the Evaluation Tool has been published in the Building Research and Information journal in 2013. The work has been discussedwiththeInternationalCouncil for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Working Commission W096 Architectural Management. An initial paper was presented at the World Congress, Salford in 2010, and the results were presented at the World Congress, Brisbane in 2013. Subsequently,CIB requestedanImpact Statementabout the Tool. The process underpinning its development and operation was awarded the position of finalist in the national Public Engagement Awards (2014).

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Dr Tracey Williamson

Dr Tracey Williamson is a Reader in Public Involvement, Engagement and Experience in Research and has an expertise in relation to health and social care research concerning older adults including enhancement of their experience, health, wellbeing and independence throughout the life course.

Tracey is active in dementia experience and environments related research as this builds on her clinical career and her interest in involvement of the public and especially older adults in research.

Tracey is a participatory researcher and an evaluator and seeks projects that work in close partnership with the public and other stakeholders, often to work out a research focus and design collaboratively.

The impact of public involvement in research is a strong interest and a growing strand of her work is concerned with inclusive/co-design of assistive technology, which is demonstrated in her successes as a co-applicant in many large technology related projects. Tracey co-leads the Institute's current3-yearYoungOnsetDementia study

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Dr Natalie Yates-Bolton

Dr Natalie Yates-Bolton is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing, whose research interests are primarily in the area of the care of older people; this includes nursing home care, dementia care and human rights based care.

She is undertaking research exploring meaning and purpose in nursing home life, using appreciative inquiry methods.

Natalie was Co-Chair of the Dementia Design Group, the forerunner of the Institute for Dementia at the University and also Co-Chair of the EU funded intensive programme; HUROPEL, HumanRights: Older People and End of Life Care and leads an EU-funded project, Positive About Dementia (POSAEM) to developaEuropeanMastersprogramme.

In 2011 Natalie was awarded a Florence Nightingale scholarship to study how non-pharmacological care can improve the quality of life of people living with dementia (2011).

Lydia Morris

Dr Lydia Morris

Dr Lydia Morris has over 10 years’ experience of clinical practice and research in Salford and Greater Manchester. In the past 6 years she has focused on research developing psychological interventions. She is trained as a Clinical Psychologist (ClinPsyD) and has also completed a research PhD(bothattheUniversity of Manchester).

She is committed to developing effective and conceptually-driven interventions that develop services and better meet peoples’ needs.

She is currently working as a Research Fellow on the Empowered Conversations project, in partnership with Six Degrees Social Enterprise, developing and evaluating communication training for carers of people living with dementia.

Helen Scholar

Helen Scholar

Dr Helen Scholar is a Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Health & Society.  She moved into Higher Education after more than 20 years in practice as a Probation Officer, Family Court Welfare Officer and in roles in Training, Staff Development and Social Work education. Since joiningSalfordUniversity, she has worked across the social work qualifying programmes, and is Programme Leader of the Step Up to Social Work course.

Helen has been involved in a number of evaluation projects, and is currently a member of a team at the Institute for Dementia who are evaluating the 'Sensory Palaces' project for the charity Historic Royal Palaces. 'Sensory Palaces' is a programme of events for people living with dementia and theirCarers,which engage participants in sensory storytelling in the historic spaces of Hampton Court Palace and Kew Palace.

Chris Poyner

Chris Poyner is a Research Associate at the Salford Institute for Dementia. His research focuses upon improving the lives of people living with dementia, both in care settings, and within the wider community. He is currently in the final stages of writing up his PhD, exploring the implementation processofperson-centred dementia care.

At present Chris is responsible for evaluating the Music, Care and Hospitals Concert Performances at the Dementia Hub and our Dementia Associates Initiative.

Before joining the team at Salford, Chris worked and studied at the University of Stirling on various research projects. He began his academic career at Bournemouth University as a KTP associate.

Chris Sewards

Chris Sewards

Chris Sewards is currently seconded to the Salford Institute for Dementia to work on the `Living Well with Young Onset Dementia’ research project as the Development Worker until July 31st 2018.  Chris is also Dementia Lead for a social enterprise, Aspire, based in Salford at Humphrey Booth Resource Centre.  He had previously been involved in learning disability services for Salford City Council for 30 years in various roles including managerial.

He is currently undertaking the MSc Dementia Care at the University of Manchester and is in the second year of the three year course.

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Dr Ipek Caliskanelli

Ipek received a PhD award from the University of York and she is a research fellow at the Autonomous Systems and Advanced Robotics Group of the University of Salford.

Her research interests largely focus around distributed embedded systems, and include: robotics, wireless sensor networks, real-time systems, bio-inspired techniques, load balancing, simulations of real-time embedded systems, energy-efficient heuristics, optimisation techniques, and artificial intelligence.SomeofIpek'sresearch focused on Bio-Inspired and Dynamic Resource Allocation and the ways in which these paradigms can be combined to tackle problems found in all aspects of optimisation in the Wireless Sensor Network domain.

Ipek also had previous projects focusing on coordination and cooperation principles, and learning techniques for autonomous multi-agent systems.

Ipek is currently involved in a healthcare project with Salford Royal Hospital that requires data aggregation of heterogeneous sensor networks and human-robot interaction using AI techniques in order to identify those who are at the risk of developing neurological disorders encourage active aging andimprovesocialaspectsof aging such as isolation.

Hazel Blears

Hazel Blears

Hazel Blears worked as a lawyer in private practice and local government for 20 years. She was also a councillor on Salford City Council for 8 years and was elected as MP for Salford in 1997.

Whilst an MP she held ministerial roles in Health, Police and Counter Terrorism and was Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. She led the change to community policing, was the author of the Preventing Violent Extremism programme and was responsible for housing, planning and communityregeneration.Later as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee she led the report on the role of Women within the UK Intelligence Community.

When Hazel’s mother developed Dementia, she experienced great support but also real gaps in understanding and insight into the disease and treatment and wanted to do something about it. In Parliament she was a member of the Parliamentary Dementia Group and since leaving Parliament she has beenaTrustee and then Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and Chair of the Institute.

Dr John Zeisel

Dr John Zeisel, scientific advisor and visiting professor

Dr John Zeisel, author of I'm Still Here, has a background in sociology and architecture and received his PhD from Columbia University and a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Before co-founding Hearthstone, John was a consultant to the housing industry for older people and has undertaken both basic and applied research into the housing and service needs of older people. He has been Principal Investigator on two major National Institute of Aging clinical trials, one to determinetherelationshipbetweenAlzheimer's Special Care Unit (SCU) design and the health and well-being of residents; the other to develop an interactive improvisational drama program for persons with dementia aimed at reducing depression, while increasing engagement and quality of life for persons with dementia.