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

Dementia: At Risk of Being Forgotten?

Professor Chris Whitty

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?


No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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Christopher Whitty CB FMedSci is Visiting Professor of Public Health at Gresham College. He is also Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Health; leads the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR); consultant physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases. He was previously Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Department for International Development (DFID). 

Professor Whitty 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. He chairs UK Clinical Research Collaboration and was previously chair of the UK Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens and the National Expert Panel on New and Emerging Infections. 

As Visiting Gresham Professor of Public Health, Professor Whitty is delivering an ongoing series of lectures on Bold Ideas in Medicine. 

Current Visiting Professor of Public Health

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27 April 2016

Dementia: At Risk of Being Forgotten?
Professor Chris Whitty

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