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Wednesday, 27 April 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Dementia: At Risk of Being Forgotten?

Professor Chris Whitty


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The remarkable improvements in child health, cardiovascular disease and cancer survival over the last few decades have not been replicated in dementia. As populations age, inexorably the burden of dementia, mainly a disease of ageing, is steadily increasing. The scientific understanding of dementia has advanced, but if the current slow rate of improvement in prevention and treatment is maintained, the burden of dementia will increase substantially over the next few decades.

Advances in prevention and treatment of dementia in the elderly, including Alzheimer’s, are painfully slow despite the scale of the problem. Is this a failure of science, of the will of our generation to tackle a problem restricted to the elderly, or do we need to accept that it will just happen and plan to minimise its inevitable substantial impact on individuals, families and society?


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Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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Christopher Whitty CB FRCP FMedSci is Gresham Professor of Physic (the term for medicine when the post was created in 1597) at Gresham College, Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Consultant Physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Professor Whitty is also Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care and head of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIHR), the UK’s largest funding body for medical research. He is involved in many day-to-day public health decisions for the UK, especially for infectious diseases and emergencies.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was interim Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Science and Engineering Profession and was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Professor Whitty has worked as a clinician and in public health research in the UK, Africa and Asia. He undertook his postgraduate training in epidemiology, economics and medical law.

A multidisciplinary research scientist, he is current in many areas of science and has an international reputation. Professor Whitty’s work spans the breadth of medicine, while his research has mainly focused on infectious disease and diseases of poverty in the UK, Africa and Asia. Infectious diseases are the theme for his first series of lectures as Gresham Professor of Physic.

Current Gresham Professor of Medical science

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27 April 2016

Dementia: At Risk of Being Forgotten?
Professor Chris Whitty

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