National Clinical Director for Dementia

Professor Alistair Burns was appointed to the post of National Clinical Director for Dementia in April 2010.   His research interests are in dementia – he was one of the first people to describe the importance of behavioural disturbances and psychiatric symptoms in people with dementia and has led a research programme about their effects on carers and both drug and non drug interventions to reduce their deleterious effects.Alistair Burns

  • provides: an international reputation and specialist skills
  • ensures : high profile for Dementia medicine and treatment
  • contributes: cutting edge expertise
  • is responsible for: raising the profile of older people’s mental health and securing resources for research and treatment

About Professor Alistair Burns: Professor Alistair Burns (MBChB, FRCP, FRCPsych, MD, MPhil, DHMSA) is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at The University of Manchester in the UK and the Manchester Health Academic Health Science Centre and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT).

He graduated in medicine at Glasgow in 1980 and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London.  He became the Foundation Chair of Old Age Psychiatry in The University of Manchester in 1992, where he has been Head of the Division of Psychiatry and is currently a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, with responsibility for liaison within the NHS.

He has been Director of Research and Development in the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust (UHSMT) and also Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chairman of the Hospital Board.  He leads the memory clinic in MMHSCT and the old age liaison psychiatry service in UHSMT.

Professor Burns is a Past President of the International Psychogeriatric Association, is on the board of the European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, chair of the UK Alzheimer’s Society Medical and Scientific Panel, an Associate Director of the UK Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Network (DeNDRoN) and a member of the Medical Research Council College of Experts.

He is Editor of the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Assistant Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry, and is on the Editorial Boards of International Psychogeriatrics and Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.  His research and clinical interests are in mental health problems of older people, particularly dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He has published nearly 300 papers and 25 books.

Alistair has a blog about dementia.

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