Thursday 7 December 2017

Raising awareness of dementia with Lewy bodies with NHS Alliance

The Lewy Body society have collaborated with researchers at Newcastle University and the NHS Alliance to create a short film on dementia with Lewy bodies

It is thought that there are over 700,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and this is expected to rise considerably in the next five years.

Dementia with Lewy bodies is a lesser known, yet highly prevalent form of dementia, affecting approximately 100,000 people in the UK.

Researchers at Newcastle University have been instrumental in raising the profile of DLB through ground-breaking research which has contributed to a differential diagnosis of DLB, compared with other forms of dementia.

In addition, working closely with organisations like The Lewy Body Society, those working in the field have been able to give the condition a great platform. Established in 2006 their mission is to raise awareness of DLB for the general public and educate those in the medical profession and decision making positions about all aspects of the disease and to support research into the disease.

As part of his role as President with The Lewy Body Society, Professor Ian McKeith took part in a film that The Lewy Body Society made in conjunction with NHS Alliance. The film aims to highlight DLB; calling for the need to better understand the condition across the health care system and in society, if we are ever to fight against the growing threat of DLB.

NIHR-funded research into dementia in Newcastle

Ian McKeith is a Professor of Old Age Psychiatry with the Newcastle University institute for Ageing and has carried out extensive research in DLB with the support of several funders, including the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

The NIHR Newcastle BRC aims to improve lives through world-class research in ageing and long-term conditions. Amongst the long-term conditions being examined, dementia is one. Through funding from the NIHR Newcastle BRC, Professor McKeith and his colleagues have achieved ground-breaking knowledge in the disease and have worked with a global consortium to produce diagnostic guidelines to support the identification of symptoms linked to dementia with Lewy bodies.

View the film and hear about research in DLB from Professor McKeith, as well as the aims of The Lewy Body Society from CEO, Jacqui Cannon.