Invited speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following speakers have confirmed that they will be presenting at the conference.


  • Paul Aisen


    Paul Aisen, M.D., Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, has conducted therapeutic   research on Alzheimer’s disease for the past two decades. He is Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, a consortium funded by the National Institute on Aging to develop assessment instruments and conduct clinical trials. 


  • Paul Burstow


    Paul was elected as Member of Parliament for Sutton & Cheam at the 1997 election and has held several front bench positions, including Shadow Spokesman for Health, Shadow Minister for London and most recently Shadow Chief Whip. Before being elected to Parliament Paul headed the Liberal Democrat’s Local Government Unit and served on Sutton Council for 16 years from 1986. Paul was educated at Glastonbury High School for Boys, Sutton, and Carshalton College, before attending South Bank Polytechnic, where he gained a business studies degree. Upon graduating, he worked as a buying assistant before becoming a research assistant at the London Borough of Hounslow.


  • Carol Brayne

    Carol Brayne          Carol Brayne is a Professor of Public Health Medicine and Director of the Institute of Public Health at Cambridge University. She is a medically qualified epidemiologist and public health academic. Her main research area is longitudinal studies of older people following changes over time in cognition, dementia natural history and associated features with a public health perspective. She is lead PI in a group of the MRC CFA Study – which have informed and will continue to inform national policy and scientific understanding of dementia in whole populations.
  • Bruno Dubois

    Bruno Dubois is currently Professor of Neurology at the Neurological Institute of the University Salpetriere Hospital in Paris, University Pierre & Marie Curie Paris6 (UPMC). He is Director of the “Institute for Memory and Alzheimer Disease” (IM2A) and of the Research INSERM Unit on “Cognition and Neuroimaging in Brain Diseases” at the ICM (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière) at the Salpêtrière Hospital. He is President of the Scientific Committee of France-Alzheimer and of IFRAD (International Fund Raising for Alzheimer’s disease), consultant for the Human Frontier Program and Expert of the French Agency of Drugs. He is a member of the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium (Therapeutics and Intervention Studies). He has published on anatomical and biochemical studies on the central cholinergic systems in rodents and humans; on cognitive neuropharmacology; and on neuropsychology in patients with dementia, with special reference to memory and executive functions. He has recently chaired the International Working Group on the “New criteria for Alzheimer’s disease” and a Task Force on the “New criteria for Parkinson’s disease dementia”. He is principal or co-investigator of a number of research programmes focusing on AD, MCI and dementia in Parkinson’s disease.

  • Sue Fitzsimmons

    Suzanne Fitzsimmons, is the CEO of Sunset Hills Aging and Wellness, Inc.  and is both a geriatric nurse practitioner and a recreational therapist. Unique in her background and abilities she brings experience as a dementia unit nurse manager, a researcher, and hands on intervention specialist. Sue is the co-author of the Dementia Practice Guidelines, several other books and over 100 articles pertaining to the care of older adults . She is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Recreational Therapy and Activities Directors Quarterly and is as the section editor of Dementia Care for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. She works for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a research associate on a Geriatric Workforce Education Grant  and as an adjunct instructor for the Departments of Recreation and Gerontology. She was recently awarded a NIH small business grant to study the feasibility of an online educational course for persons with mild cognitive impairment.

    She would like to add that all this would not have been possible without the mentorship of her research partner, Dr Linda Buettner.

  • Patricio Fuentes

    Patricio Fuentes     

    Dr. Fuentes is neurologist and Associate Professor at Cognitive Neurology and Dementia Unit, Hospital del Salvador and Geriatrics Section of the Clinical Hospital of University of Chile, in Santiago.  Scientific Advisor of Chilean Alzheimer´s Association and member of Dementia Workgroup Chilean Neurological Society. His clinical interests are focused on mild cognitive impairment and drug therapy of AD.


  • Katherine Jarman


    Katherine is senior producer in the specialist Health section of BBC News, working with six Health and Medical correspondents based at Television Centre in West London.  The team supplies material to all BBC News TV and Radio programmes, from the Today programme on Radio 4 first thing in the morning to the Ten O'Clock News last thing at night.    Katherine's also worked as a producer on a variety of individual programmes, including the Ten O'Clock News and Breakfast News.  Her main task is to sift through the enormous number of Health stories the team gets every day - up to 20 on a single day - and work out which to cover. 

    Katherine was also responsible for planning and producing an entire day's coverage on dementia across the whole of BBC News (Radio, TV and Online) two years ago - as part of the coverage, the BBC convened a panel of experts to review the available evidence on the influence of 'lifestyle' factors on the risk of dementia, and produce a report on their findings.

    Before joining the BBC in 1997, she worked as a researcher to Labour MPs in Opposition, including Harriet Harman, Mo Mowlam and Chris Smith, covering portfolios ranging from Health to Social Social Security to Culture.  She started her working life in public relations.

    Katherine read Classics at University - which she says is useful in helping to spot any flaws in arguments in journal papers!  In her spare time she is a rower, and has rowed at the UK national championships.


  • Ryuta Kawashima

    Ryuta Kawashima      Dr. Ryuta Kawashima is a Professor of the Tohoku University from 2011. His scientific interest is in functional brain mapping. He also has been paying his attention to return benefits of basic sciences to public, so that he has proposed systems for improvement of the prefrontal functions of humans.
  • Miia Kivipelto


    Miia Kivipelto, MD, PhD is Professor in Clinical Geriatric Epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet Alzheimer Disease Research Center (KI-ADRC) and Deputy Head of KI Aging Research Center in Stockholm, Sweden. She is also Research Director of Neuroepidemiology unit at University of Eastern Finland. She is combining research with clinical medicine working also as senior geriatrician at the Memory Clinic, Karolinska University Hospital. She has been working in several clinical trials concerning AD and is now Deputy Head of the Clinical Trials Unit. Dr. Kivipelto is the principal investigator in the large populations based ‘Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia’ (CAIDE) study’ and in ‘Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER)’. Dr. Kivipelto has several PhD and post doc students in her research group and she is involved in many international networks and scientific/steering committees. She got the Association of European Psychiatrists Prevention Award in Psychiatry 2007 for her work concerning modifiable risk factors for AD, Academy of Finland award for Social Impact 2009, and Junior Chamber International prize 2011.


  • Martin Orrell

          Professor Martin Orrell, FRCPsych PhD, Professor of Ageing and Mental Health at University College London.  At North East London Foundation Trust, Prof Orrell works as an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist and is Director of Research & Development. He is also Visiting Professor at City University. He is Chair of the Memory Services National Accreditation Panel (MSNAP). He leads the SHIELD research programme on psychosocial interventions for dementia care. He has published over 150 academic papers and is Editor of the journal Aging and Mental Health
  • Fiona Phillips


    Campaigner, journalist, Mirror columnist and broadcaster, Fiona Phillips is an active Alzheimer's Society ambassador and has spoken out at numerous events on the key issues affecting people with dementia and their carers.

    Fiona speaks from first hand experience as her mother had Alzheimer's until her death in May 2006 and her father, who was diagnosed with the disease shortly afterwards, died in February 2012.

    In January 2009, Fiona presented Mum, Dad, Alzheimer's and Me, an incredibly moving Channel 4 Dispatches TV documentary where Fiona tallked candidly about her struggles caring for both her parents during their respective illnesses and investigating the difficulties faced by people with Alzheimer's and their families to get adequate care and support. Fiona has written a book, Before I Forget, about her relationship with her parents and their dementia.

  • Sir Terry Pratchett


    Sir Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed author of the global bestselling Discworld series with over 75 million sales worldwide.

    His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature.

    Sir Terry was diagnosed with posterior cortical atrophy, a rare form of dementia, in 2007.

  • Martin Prince


    Professor Martin Prince heads the Centre for Public Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, which addresses mental disorders in the community, patterns of help-seeking, and health system responses. The Centre has a strong international focus and brings the higest quality epidemiological methods and a public health perspective to bear on improving care for people with mental disorder. A combination of epidemiological and health service research methods are used to identify opportunities for primary and secondary prevention, from population through to primary care.





  • Glenn Rees

    Glenn Rees

    Glenn Rees has worked at senior levels in the British and Australian Public Services. In Britain he worked as Private Secretary to senior Ministers, in the Cabinet Office and in Economic Departments. In Australia since 1976 he has worked in program and policy areas including Prime Minister and Cabinet, Employment and Training, Aged Care, Disabilities, Housing and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. He was Chair of the Nursing Homes and Hostels Review in 1986 and was involved in implementing the first wave of aged care reforms. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer's Australia for 10 years during which time Dementia has been made a National Health Priority.

  • Angela Rippon


    Broadcaster, journalist and presenter, Angela Rippon is an ambassador for Alzheimer's Society. A BBC newsreader for five years, Angela has worked in news and current affairs for over 40 years. She has been awarded the OBE for her services to broadcasting, charity and the arts.

    Angela regularly speaks out about her experiences of caring for her mother, Edna who was diagnosed with dementia in 2004 and sadly died in 2009, in order to raise awareness and funds for others affected by the condition.

  • Helga Rohra

          I was born 19th April 1953 in Romania, emigrated to Germany in 1972. University graduated for languages translator in five languages Lewy Body Dementia in 2008 active at National and International Conferences with speeches about Dementia and our fight for the rights of those affected.
  • Louise Sutton


    As Assistant Producer on Coronation Street , the UK's longest running and favourite soap, Louise currently manages the award winning team of writers and runs the editorial department. Coronation Street's producers, writers and cast worked closely with Alzheimer's Society in tackling its recent dementia storyline.
    During her time on Coronation Street, the show has been nominated for 2 BAFTAs and has won numerous awards including the National Television Award for Best Continuing Drama and the prestigious Writer’s Guild Award for Best Drama Series. 
    With over 300 hours of primetime television drama  to her credit, Louise's work also includes Brookside, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Grange Hill. Louise was involved in the developing, scripting and production of H2O – Just Add Water Series 1 & 2 and Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji on which she was also the additional dialogue writer for the movie cut-down.

    Louise has successfully developed ideas, pitches and treatments for a wide range of international broadcasters including ITV, BBC, Disney, ZDFE, Network Ten, ABC (AUS), Channel 9, Nickelodeon and Discovery.

  • Ray Winstone

    Ray Winstone's most memorable film credits include 'Scum', 'Quadrophenia', 'Sexy Beast' and 'Nil By Mouth' for which he won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor and was BAFTA nominated. He has worked with some of the most prestigious directors including Anthony Minghella ('Cold Mountain' and 'Breaking & Entering'), Martin Scorsese ('The Departed' and 'Hugo'), Robert Zemeckis ('Beowulf') and Steven Spielberg ('Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull'). Television credits include award winning 'Henry VIII' and 'Vincent' (Granada/ITV) for which he won an International Emmy Award for Best Actor. Recent credits include the BBC three-part drama 'Great Expectations' playing Magwitch, 'Snow White and the Huntsman' opposite Charlize Theron and 'The Sweeney' playing Regan. Ray also filmed 'Elfie Hopkins' for his production company Size 9 Productions, due for release later this year.

    In 2007 Ray received the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution at the British Independent Film Awards.

Key Dates

Abstract submission: now closed
Abstract submission deadline: 14 October 2011
Online registration: now open
Advanced deadline: 02 March 2012

Get in touch

Email: ............................
Phone: ........................... +44 (0) 1730 821969