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Trust clinical psychologist nominated for Dementia Research Leader Award

Trust clinical psychologist nominated for Dementia Research Leader Award
16 April 2018

A clinical psychologist from Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has been nominated for a prestigious research award.

Dr Emma Wolverson has been put forward for the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leader Award for ‘Outstanding contribution to early career dementia research’.

Recognising established researchers who have undertaken important research that promises to improve the lives of people affected by dementia, this award highlights clinicians who show great potential in the field.

Cathryn Hart, the Trust’s Assistant Director of Research and Development, said: “I nominated Emma due to her outstanding contribution to dementia research.

“Having worked with people living with dementia and their families from early assessment and diagnosis to end-of-life care, Emma is passionate about making a difference. She is a real asset to research in her role at the Trust and as a lecturer and Ethics Committee member at the University of Hull.”

To decide the winner, a judging panel comprising scientific researchers and volunteers will consider each nominee's achievements and originality in research, their commitment to supporting others, and their aspirations to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. Emma is thought to have a strong case as she balances several roles in the dementia field.  

Cathryn explained: “Alongside her clinical and academic roles, Emma is also UK Chief Investigator for a European Horizon 2020-funded trial of a digital platform for people living with dementia and those who support them, with the aim of enabling people to live well in the community for as long as possible.” 

Emma said she was “thrilled” to be nominated for the award.

She said: “It’s a real honour. When it comes to dementia care research, Humber has always had a fantastic record.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved with it since I first started working for the Trust as a trainee in 2005, and I am continuing it today.

“Research in this field is critical, not just because it can improve day-to-day life, but also because it can bring hope to those living with - or, indeed, caring for those living with - dementia.”

The prizewinner will receive £1,000 to put towards their career development over the next year.

The award will be presented on 22 May 2018 at the Alzheimer's Society’s annual conference at the Kia Oval in London.