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National Clinical Director for Dementia to give key speech at Trust's second research conference

National Clinical Director for Dementia to give key speech at Trust's second research conference
26 January 2018

The National Clinical Director for Dementia is to deliver a keynote speech at Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s second research conference. 

Professor Alistair Burns, who is also National Clinical Director for Mental Health in Older People, will address delegates on 16 May - during Dementia Awareness Week - at the Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel, in Grange Park Lane, Willerby. 

Trust Chief Executive Michele Moran said: “For Alistair to agree to address our conference is a tremendous privilege for the Trust and a huge boost to our efforts to develop our reputation as a regional powerhouse of health research and development. 

“We hope Alistair’s presence, combined with that of a host of other outstanding experts in related fields, will make the event an even bigger success than last year’s conference, which was not only a ‘sell-out’ but rated ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ by every delegate.” 

Another headline speaker at the Developing a City of Research II event will be Simon Gilbody, Professor of Psychological Medicine and Health Services Research, and Director of the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group, both at the University of York. 

Joanne Reeve, Professor of Primary Care Research at Hull York Medical School, and Andrea Nelson, Professor of Clinical Nursing and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds, will also address delegates. 

Other speakers will include Dr Judith Cohen, Director of the Hull Health Trials Unit, and Catriona Jones, Senior Research Fellow in Maternal and Reproductive Health, both from the University of Hull. 

Wendy Mitchell, Humber’s Patient Research Ambassador, who is about to publish a book, Somebody I used to know, about her experience of living with dementia, will also speak. 

Cathryn Hart, the Trust’s Assistant Director of Research and Development, said: “We aim to showcase even more local, national and international research our Trust is involved in, the potential for future collaborations and new areas of research, to demonstrate the benefits of research for our community, and to encourage more healthcare professionals to offer opportunities for people to become involved in research studies. 

“We have chosen to hold the conference on 16 May as this will be International Clinical Trials Day and will also coincide with the National Institute for Health Research’s ‘I Am Research’ campaign.” 

The event, which will run from 9am until 4pm, is aimed at Trust staff, commissioners, GPs, social services staff, academics, voluntary organisations and the media. Refreshments and a lunch will be provided. 

Tickets, which are limited, are available from https://developing-a-city-of-research-ii-conference-ticket.eventbrite.co.uk 

The full conference programme will be available nearer the day of the event.