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New Professor of Dementia joins University

Wednesday 22 June 2016

An accomplished academic with a long history of leading research into dementia care has been given the role of the University of Salford’s first Professor of Dementia.

Professor Anthea Innes has also taken up the role as the Coles-Medlock Director of the Salford Institute for Dementia, which brings together innovative research to find ways of helping people live with the condition.

Scottish-born Prof Innes studied at the University of Stirling before moving to work at the University of Bradford as a Research Project Officer with the Bradford Dementia Group, where she completed her PhD.

She also worked as a Research Fellow and then Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling, before becoming a Professor at Bournemouth University in 2011, where she launched the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI), of which she served as director until last year.

Prof Innes is also a renowned leader in rural dementia care research and has led numerous public engagement and dementia awareness projects including the (Don’t) Mention Dementia social art project, and the BUDI Orchestra – both of which have been recognised by the Academy of Social Science.

She was a member of the groups advising the Prime Minister on rural dementia care and dementia friendly technology, while she also introduced the first worldwide postgraduate online programme in Dementia Studies in Stirling.

In addition, Prof Innes is an extensively published author and has secured numerous high value grants for her research work.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining a forward thinking University and working with the team at the Salford Institute for Dementia to take forward an already impressive programme of community based work aimed at improving the lives of those impacted by dementia.”

Interim Dean of the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, Brian Boag said: “We are delighted that Anthea has joined our team and we look forward to the growth of the Salford Institute of Dementia under her leadership.”