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Dr Thomas Dannhauser
London
Tel: 01279827260
Appointment
  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • Division of Psychiatry
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

I completed my medical studies in South Africa before moving to the UK in 1997 where I trained as a psychiatrist. I trained in clinical psychiatry on the Royal London & St Bart's and UCL & Royal Free Schemes between 1999 and 2007 and obtained a dual CCST in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry. I was a research registrar between 2002 and 2003 and a honorary research fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry since 2002. I was appointed as consultant psychiatrist in Elderly Mental Health and Young Onset Dementia at the North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust since in 2007, and as honorary senior lecturer in psychiatry at UCL in 2009.

Research Summary

As a health innovator, my priority is ensuring maximal physical and cognitive health across the lifespan for all people, so they can reach their full potential.

My current work targets conditions that contribute substantially to the overall health burden and the solutions I develop are designed to have condition specific and general health promotion benefits.

For younger people I am developing interventions to prevent, identify, cure and manage attention disorders like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD affects between 5-10% of children making it the most common childhood mental health disorder that requires treatment. It can cause several chronic mental, physical and social health problems causing distress and disability across they lifespan.

For older adults I am developing interventions to prevent, identify and manage dementia, and enable caregivers to maximise their caregiving skills thereby minimising the impact on their personal wellbeing. Up to 50% of dementia may be preventable and caused by modifiable risk factors like diabetes and heart disease. Almost all of the risk factors for dementia could be improved by lifestyle changes that deliver adequate physical, social and cognitive activities and nutrition. Interventions that deliver permanent health promoting behaviour change therefore have huge potential to improve public health and wellbeing making their development the priority.
My related areas of interest are dementia prevention, cerebrovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment, ADHD, functional neuroimaging, attention, memory, working memory, biofeedback, neurofeedback training, telemedicine, digital health technology, behaviour change, lifestyle and activity interventions, translational research and novel non-drug interventions. 
Main Activities:
In children and adolescents with ADHD I am developing and investigating combined neurofeedback and cognitive training to improve the attention related executive functions of the prefrontal cortex. (ADHD NTx study).
I am developing multimodal activity interventions that combine physical and social-cognitive stimulation, nutritional skills learning and personal health management groups to delay the onset of dementia for the over 50's at risk of dementia due to inactivity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and Mild Cognitive Impairment. (ThinkingFIT programme and study, DanceFIT Prime programme and study).
Collaborations:
(1) ThinkingFIT India: Implementing the ThinkingFIT programme for The Nightingales Medical Trust in Bangalore India in Active Ageing centres.
(2) Informed Ageing: A proof of concept study to develop an information and self help portal which supports individuals who have MCI and their carers to reduce the likelihood of conversion to dementia and plan for their future needs. Smart Accelerator at Anglia Ruskin University.
(3)Project INDEPENDENCE will investigate the feasibility of an innovative integrated system that uses personal data to significantly enhance both the quality of life and the standards of care and services for people living with dementia and their carers (collectively the user). Smart Accelerator at Anglia Ruskin University.
My research activity benefits from collaborations with: The Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Essex County Council, Nouveau Dance and Fitness, Anglia Ruskin University, University of Essex, University of Hertfordshire, The Nightingales Medical Trust, Kingston University London.

Teaching Summary

Lectures

MSc in Psychiatric Research at UCL

  • Thomas teaches the Neuroimaging in Psychiatry module with Dr Zuzana Walker.
Doctorate course in Psychology at University of Hertfordshire

  • Neuropsychiatric models of disease.

Academic Supervisor

Thomas has co-supervised four MSc students at ULC and two at the Institute of Psychiatry. 


Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Mental Health Studies University College London
2007 CCST Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training – Psychiatry Royal College of Psychiatrists
2005 MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Psychiatry Royal College of Psychiatrists
1995 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine  
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