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Dr Aida Suarez Gonzalez
Dementia Research Centre, Box 16 National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
London
WC1N 3BG
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

I am a Clinical Neuropsychologist and clinical scientist based at the Dementia Research Centre. My clinical practice has focussed on work with people living with neurological condition that impair cognition and I have worked in tertiary level hospitals both in Spain and UK. I have particular expertise and passion in working with people with dementia from a clinically driven approach and this has led me to conduct studies on how to improve differential diagnosis in the clinical setting, monitor disease progression and delay functional decline.

My current research is framed in the philosophy of reablement, which seeks to build positive support for people with dementia to enable autonomy, life satisfaction, participation and social connectedness. On this purpose, I investigate cognitive and psychosocial interventions, the development of dementia person-centred post-diagnosis services and purposed-built assistive technologies. I feel strongly committed to empower patient participation in all the aspects of my clinical and research practice and, in consequence, I apply a model of co-production to my work. A recent development and example in this area is the design of a software based tool to facilitate reading in a rare form of dementia named Posterior Cortical Atrophy which impairs visual processing skills (http://www.readclear.co.uk/). 

I'm at the moment involved in a 5-year ESRC-NIHR project examining the value of multicomponent support groups for people affected and living with dementia and I'm co-leading the development of a online tool to supply education, training and professional support to family caregivers of people living with young-onset and low-prevalent dementias https://www.dementiaresearcher.nihr.ac.uk/new-research-to-provide-virtual-support-for-people-with-rare-dementias/

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