Friday 19 July 2019

Newcastle University ranked first globally for dementia expertise

Newcastle University has been recognised as the world’s top performing academic institution in terms of its expertise in dementia with Lewy bodies, according to new data analysis published by Expertscape - a website which objectively ranks people and institutions by their expertise across more than 26,000 biomedical topics.

The Expertscape review also named Dr John-Paul Taylor – Deputy Theme Lead for Dementia for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) – as one of the world’s top 10 leading experts on dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), based on a review of nearly 2,000 peer-reviewed papers published since 2008. A further 20 academics supported by the Newcastle BRC were named in the table.

Professor John O’Brien, one of Newcastle BRC’s previous Dementia project leads and named top expert, said: “Obviously I am delighted by this news, which reflects the hard work of study teams and collaborators in Newcastle and Cambridge with whom I have had the pleasure of working over the last 10 years. The fact that my colleagues Clive Ballard (Exeter) and Dag Aarsland (King’s College London) also make up the top three, with England listed top country worldwide, is a testament to the real excellence of Lewy body dementia research here in the UK.”

“We will continue to build on this, and I am very grateful to all our funders, including NIHR who funded the recent DIAMOND-Lewy Programme, and to the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s Dementias and Neurodegeneration specialty – who play a pivotal role in successfully delivering all our studies.”

The NIHR supports research into all areas of dementias and neurodegenerative disease. In 2018/19, the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network supported the delivery of 24 clinical research studies on DLB – recruiting 5,793 patients, with the DIAMOND-Lewy study contributing significantly to the total recruitment.