Improving the Diagnosis and Management of Lewy Body dementia

CHeBA Visiting Lecture Series presents Professor John O'Brien of the University of Cambridge, for his talk:

Improving the Diagnosis and Management of Lewy Body Dementia

The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with Professor O'Brien

Lewy body dementia, comprising both dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD), has an even worse outcome than other dementias in terms of functional decline, reduced quality of life and increased mortality. Despite revisions in diagnostic criteria and the availability of some diagnostic biomarkers, many cases remain misdiagnosed. There are some effective treatments for Lewy body dementia and its symptoms, but there is considerable heterogeneity in approaches to management. This lecture will update current thinking on how to improve both diagnosis and management, and describe results of a recent study which has developed new management guidelines to assist clinicians to optimise management of people who have  Lewy body dementia.


John O’Brien is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. He is also a National Institute for Health Research Emeritus Senior Investigator, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the NIHR National Specialty Lead for Dementia. His research interests include the use of neuroimaging as a diagnostic and prognostic biomarker in dementia and the diagnosis and management of Lewy body and vascular dementia. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed papers and 7 books on these topics. He is a member of national and international guideline and consensus groups, including those of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the European Stroke Association and Vas-Cog where he serves as Treasurer.

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