DRN network member list

Network Member List

Although the interests of the group is diverse, the network draws together those who are interested in dementia related research and offers a wide range of expertise for collaboration.

External associates of the network are also listed.

Please find a list of members and our range of expertise below.

NameDepartmentExpertise
Ivan Andonovic Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Sensor development
Matthew Baker Pure and Applied Chemistry Detection; Spectroscopy; Biochemical signatures in blood serum
David Birch Department of Physics Fluorescence spectroscopy to study protein aggregation and beta amyloid.  http://bcp.phys.strath.ac.uk/photophysics/
Lizann Bonnar School of Psychological Sciences and Health Caregiving
Richard Brown Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Telematics to monitor and understand symptom progression.
Trevor Bushell SIPBS Modulation of neuronal excitability and synaptic transmission in both physiological and pathophysiological conditions (proteinase-activated receptors in central neurones, the function of MAP kinase phosphatases within the CNS and immune cell involvement in neurological disorders). Microfluidic devices for novel neuroscience; Behavioural assays. Mammalian expression systems, cultured neurones, organotypic slice cultures and acute brain slices.Cell death assays, electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, overexpression of fluorescently tagged proteins of interest, molecular biological techniques including site-directed mutagenesis and real time RT-PCR
Susan Chalmers SIPBS Causes and cellular changes in neurodegenerative diseases (primarily function of mitochondria that contribute to disease progression either directly or by altering secondary cellular processes such as calcium signalling). Vascular aspects of dementia. Live-cell fluorescence microscopy of primary neuronal cultures and brain slice tissue. 
Damion Corrigan Biomedical Engineering Electrode sensors; Biomarkers (DNA and protein); Electrochemistry; Molecular diagnostics. 
Stephen Corson Department of Mathematics and Statistics Maths and statistics
Andrew Eccles School of Social Work and Social Policy Telehealth and telecare; ethics and decision making
Kieren Egan Computer and Information Sciences

Digital health and its current and future role across all key stakeholders in dementia (people with dementia, carers, health and social care professionals); internet-based interventions; user co-creation; preventative health approaches; public health; wearable technologies, systematic reviews; meta-analysis; epidemiology; trial design and methodology.

Nigel Fabb English Reading theory; Reading enhancement for people with dementia.
Valerie Ferro SIPBS Pharmacology; Natural products; Non-drug therapies; Computer simulations
Ian Greener School of Social Work and Social Policy Social policy; sociology; implicit theories about human agency. 
Stuart Ingleby Department of Physics Magnetoencephalography; sensor development
Elspeth Jajdelska English Reading theory; Reading enhancement for people with dementia.
Lee Knifton School of Social Work and Social Policy Health policy; mental health; human rights
Chengi Kuo Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering Improving caregiving practices, Safety management; Care management
Marilyn Lennon Computer and Information Sciences Interactive technologies for health and wellbeing; Smart home technology; Accessible and usable technologies for older adults; Interactive systems (wearable trackers, apps, websites etc);  Information access for people with dementia and their carers; Product co-design.
David Li SIPBS CMOS single-photon image sensors; Fluorescence lifetime imaging/spectroscopy; Tomography related projects; Electronics, Embedded systems, High-speed computing.
Anja Lowit Speech and Language Therapy Speech and language in dementia.  Speech analysis.
Gillian MacIntyre School of Social Work and Social Policy Mental health; Learning disabilities
Roma Maguire Computer and Information Sciences Digital Health
William McGeown School of Psychological Sciences and Health Diagnosis, early detection; understanding symptomology in relation to brain dysfunction; neuroimaging (functional and structural analytic methods); MRI; fMRI; Electrophysiology (human EEG); neuropsychological/cognitive assessment; biomarker development
Paul Mulheran Chemical and Process Engineering  
Diane Pennington Computer and Information Sciences Information science; Information needs within dementia systems; Qualitative methods
Yvonne Perrie SIPBS Pharmaceutical dosage development
Benjamin Pickard SIPBS Genetics; Cell culture/modelling
Judith Pratt SIPBS Preclinical behavioural paradigms; translation; touchscreen tasks. 
Neil Quinn School of Social Work and Social Policy (cc'd into Lee Knifton's email)
Craig Roberts SIPBS Infection and Inflammation; Parisitology; Toxoplasma gondii; Metabolomics; Neurochemistry; Transcriptomics
Chris Robertson Department of Mathematics and Statistics Statistics
Olaf Rolinski Department of Physics  
Marc Roper Computer and Information Sciences Software engineering; Software analytics; Machine-learning and search-based strategies; Data mining
Philip Rowe Biomedical Engineering  
John Soraghan Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Signal processing technologies; Speech analysis
Vladimir Stankovic Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Motion analysis, EEG signal processing, imaging, tele-medicine, tele-rehabilitation, health-monitoring, machine learning and informatics
Susan Stephen School of Psychological Sciences and Health Person-centred observational tools; Fear and anxiety in individuals living with dementia.
Christos Tachtatzis  Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering We have expertise in the sensor systems from the electronic devices, data acquisition, communications (from wireless devices all the way up to the cloud), security, data analytics and interpretation. Essentially what folks call the “Internet of Things”. Two examples which are the most relevant are: (1) An accelerometer-based neck mounted collar for cows to manage livestock fertility and health and wellbeing of animals. In this example, we have designed the electronics, data processing on the device, communications to a farm gateway and the cloud, data analytics to interpret raw accelerometer data detect when the cow is in oestrus, eating or ruminating.
(2) A collaborative project with the Department of Education, to develop wearable inertial sensors for assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), where again we design the electronics and data analytics.
I believe our group’s expertise can bring great value to the dementia community providing enabling technology for early diagnosis, rehabilitation and treatment towards assisted living. Please do add myself and Ivan to the “Dementia Research” mailing list and if you could spare some time from your busy schedule, we could meet to discuss further how we could contribute to the research activities.
David Thompson SIPBS Behavioural Neuroscience; Genetics; Behavioural assays
Stephen Wilson Department of Mathematics and Statistics Theoretical fluid dynamics applied to medical problems.
Andrew Wodehouse Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management  
Christian Wozny SIPBS Cortical meso- and microcircuits, dendritic integration, inhibition, synaptic transmission, synaptic plasticity. Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, psychosis. 
Erfu Yang Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management Robotics, autonomous systems, mechatronics & automation, computer vision, image/signal processing, nonlinear control, process modelling and simulation, condition monitoring, fault diagnosis, multi-objective optimizations, and applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence including multi-agent reinforcement learning, fuzzy logic, neural networks, bio-inspired algorithms, and cognitive computation, etc