Newcastle awarded the prestigious prize for ageing research
Dr Sarah Richardson awarded the 2022 Dhole-Eddlestone Memorial Prize for her research into older patients experiencing delirium in hospital and the risk of cognitive decline or dementia.
Dr Sarah Richardson, a researcher working across the NIHR Newcastle BRC’s Ageing Syndromes and Dementia research themes, has been awarded the prestigious Dhole-Eddlestone Memorial Prize 2022. The award highlights the most deserving medical research relating to the needs of older people published in the past year in Age and Ageing, the leading international journal in clinical geriatric medicine.
Sarah’s paper Recurrent delirium over 12 months predicts dementia: results of the Delirium and Cognitive Impact in Dementia (DECIDE) study showed that older patients who experience delirium whilst in hospital have an increased risk of future cognitive decline and dementia, and this risk was higher with more severe grades of delirium.
‘My fellow authors and I are absolutely thrilled and hugely honoured to receive this prestigious award. Delirium is incredibly common, affecting up to a quarter of older people in hospital, and yet remains under-researched and frequently missed. Given that delirium has been shown to be preventable in some cases, our findings emphasise the vital importance of recognising delirium, actively managing it and preventing further episodes, as delirium may be a modifiable risk factor for dementia.’
To read more please see the full BGS press release.
Read the full paper Recurrent delirium over 12 months predicts dementia: results of the Delirium and Cognitive Impact in Dementia (DECIDE) study. By Sarah J Richardson, Daniel H J Davis, Blossom C M Stephan, Louise Robinson, Carol Brayne, Linda E Barnes, John-Paul Taylor, Stuart G Parker and Louise M Allan. Published 16th December 2020.