Dementia - A Clinical Update

CPD Credits6

The latest advice on preventing, diagnosing, and managing dementia

25 March 2020

Would you like to know the best way to manage patients presenting with symptoms of dementia?

The aim of this conference is to provide healthcare workers in a range of clinical settings - including acute hospitals, community settings and GP practices - with up-to-date guidelines in preventing, diagnosing, and managing dementia and associated symptoms.

The day includes problem-solving considerations and panel discussions centred on the workshop themes, with questions and observations from the audience encouraged.

This event is open to all healthcare professionals. 

Download the programme here. 

What you will learn 

  • How to understand clinical presentation and differentiating features of Parkinson’s-related dementias
  • How to approach the review and clinical interpretation of neuroimaging investigations in patients with cognitive symptoms
  • The increasing role of CSF and other biomarkers in diagnosing and differentiating Alzheimer’s disease from other dementia subtypes
  • The appropriate use of antipsychotic medications when supporting the care of someone living with dementia
  • How sensory impairments significantly impact on the cognitive health of people living with dementia and strategies to minimise this effect
  • The importance of the concept of brain health, and strategies we can advise people on how to prevent dementia
  • About creating an organisational model linking hospital and community services to deliver seamless diagnosis, disclosure, and on-going care for people living with dementia

Meet the Speakers 

Dr Sabina Brennan

Dr Sabina Brennan is a psychologist, neuroscientist, award-winning science communicator and author of the No.1 best-seller 100 Days to a Younger Brain. Dr Brennan’s scientific research at Trinity College Dublin has focused on brain health and dementia risk and protective factors to establish how decline in cognitive function might be prevented or delayed. Her public engagement projects, which include quirky animations, aim to increase the societal impact of scientific research by translating complex content into easy-to-understand resources for the general public and key stakeholders. Her mission to promote brain health has won her awards for science communication and recognition of the societal impact of her work. Most recently she was listed as one of IMAGE magazine’s Women of the Year 2018. Sabina is a passionate advocate and volunteers on multiple committees and panels including SAGE (advocacy for vulnerable older adults), the Advocacy Committee for Alzheimer Society of Ireland and is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel for Alzheimer’s Disease International – a global voice for dementia. She has advised the Irish Government on promoting brain health and is currently advising the All Party Parliamentary Group on Longevity in the United Kingdom.

Professor Iracema Leroi

Iracema Leroi is an Associate Professor in geriatric psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. Iracema has a special interest in the neuropsychiatry of neurodegenerative movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. She has developed and led the Greater Manchester clinical trials’ program for dementia for several years as principal investigator. She is the Chief Investigator for EU-funded SENSE-Cog(, a five-year comprehensive research program involving seven countries and 27 investigators. The aim of SENSE-Cog is to understand the links among hearing, vision and cognitive impairment in older people. One of SENSE-Cog’s projects is a trans-national RCT investigating whether hearing and vision enhancement improves outcomes for people with dementia. Additionally, Iracema recently completed the largest randomized control trial of a non-pharmacological intervention (Cognitive Stimulation Therapy adapted for PD; PD-CST) for people with Lewy body dementias (LBDs; the INVEST project). She is also building collaborations for dementia research in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India and is leading the ‘Research Roadmap for Dementia in Pakistan’ project, which is model for lower and middle-income countries (LMIC). She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is sub-editor for the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Caitriona McGuinn

Caitriona McGuinn is a Senior Occupational Therapist and key member of the Integrated Care Team for Older People in Tallaght, which was the pioneer site in 2016. Caitriona has a strong interest in the area of older persons and elderly care and has spent most of her career acquiring the knowledge, skills and resources in this clinical area and context. Working within this team, she developed a broad range of services targeting the needs of older people, including enhancements to the diagnostic memory service. She worked in Guys and St Thomas’ NHS foundation Trust, London as an Occupational Therapist in the area of Medicine for the Elderly, in the Mater Hospital in Dublin as a Senior Occupational Therapist in Medicine for the Elderly and also spent a number of years working in a Primary Care context in Tallaght. During this time Caitriona was involved in health promotion setting up the ‘Osteoarthritis: you can help’ programme and commencing the first PCCC falls prevention program. Caitriona is a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI). She has been a key member and CPD officer of the Older Persons Advisory Group for the AOTI. Caitriona is a graduate of Occupational Therapy in Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, England.

Cathy McHale 

Cathy McHale works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner Candidate in the Memory Assessment and Support Service of Tallaght University Hospital (TUH). She holds a Bachelors degree in English and Psychology, Higher Diploma in Computer Science, and Safety Health and Welfare at work from University College Cork. She holds a Diploma in Gerontological Nursing and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma – Masters in Advanced Practice at Trinity College Dublin. She has worked across many nursing specialities including end of life hospice care, intellectual disability and the acute setting. She has worked for over 15 years in care of the older person with a special interest in dementia, delirium, the humanities and frailty. She has contributed to National Working Groups on delirium and frailty. In TUH educational contributions include ‘Care of the acutely ill adult’, Gerontological Nursing Module, Stroke Nursing Module, B.Sc. Nursing and CGIDP Internship Orientation, National Dementia Programme, and co- delivery of the ‘Family Carers Course’ in association with Integrated Care / Primary Care and Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. She recently contributed to the Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person (RCPI) on the topic of post diagnostic support in dementia. She contributed to the development of the ‘Memory Hut’ in Tallaght University Hospital, a volunteer delivered information resource focusing on delivering information and education about brain health and dementia. Her current role includes the initial assessment of patients (including neuropsychological screening), Post-Diagnostic Clinic and Specialised Brain Health Clinic for patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Professor Jonathan Schott

Jonathan Schott is Professor of Neurology at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology, and Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. He runs a busy cognitive disorders service with emphasis on young onset and unusual dementias. He leads a number of translational clinical research projects in the dementias, with particular interests in how clinical assessment, imaging and fluid biomarkers and genetics can be combined to improve differential diagnosis and identify pre-symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. He edited the Oxford Textbook of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia, and has published over 250 papers in the field of dementia and ageing. He serves on a number of national and international committees advising on dementia practice and research; in 2019 he was appointed as the inaugural Chief Medical Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s largest dementia research charity.

See the programme above for full details of all speakers.