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Dr Aida Suarez Gonzalez
Dementia Research Centre, Box 16 National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Tel: 020 34483655
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

I am a clinical neuropsychologist and scientist. I trained in Spain and worked for 9 years in the Cognitive Disorders Unit of a Neurology Department in Seville. I have also worked on tertiary NHS hospitals in the UK and I am HCPC registered. I have extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of people with neurological conditions that impair cognition including:

  • Neurodegenerative dementia: Alzheimer's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and Frontotemporal dementia
  • Parkinson and atypical parkinsonisms
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Prion disease
  • Stroke (MCA, PCA, and ACA and also thalamic infarction and CADASIL)
  • Encephalitis (herpetic, paraneoplastic and non-paraneoplastic)

In 2014 I moved to London to join the Dementia Research Centre at UCL as a clinical scientist.

I am currently a member of the NICE Adoption and Impact Reference Panel, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Alzheimer's disease and a Clinical Advisor of the DEMON Network.

Research Summary

I have particular expertise and passion in working with people living with progressive cognitive difficulties. This has led me to conduct studies on how to improve the differential diagnosis in the clinical setting, delay and adapt to functional decline

My specific specialisms include:

  • Complex interventions for atypical Alzheimer's Disease and Frontotemporal dementia
  • Telemedicine applied to dementia care and support
  • Language, cognitive and psychosocial interventions for progressive aphasia
  • Improving function for activities of daily living in Posterior Cortical Atrophy
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia, particularly dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative dementia

Methodologically, I have the following expertise:
  • Co-production
  • Design, development and evaluation of assistive technologies
  • Design, development and evaluation of complex interventions
  • Cross-over design
  • Single-case studies in cognitive rehabilitation
  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Qualitative methods
  • Systematic and scoping reviews
  • Voxel-based morphometry and cortical thickness

I feel strongly committed to empower patient participation and therefore, I apply a model of co-production to my work. A recent development and example in this area is the co-design and production of a software based tool to facilitate reading with a group of people with Posterior Cortical Atrophy and their families (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31524161). 

I currently work in a 5-year ESRC-NIHR funded project on development of an online tool to supply education, training and professional support to family caregivers of people living with atypical Alzheimer's disease and Frontotemporal dementia. This intervention is being co-produced with people affected by and living with dementia.

Other research interests

I have led the translation, adaptation and current implementation of START in Spanish: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/mental-health-older-people/projects/start/downloads/start-spanish

I am also supporting the Spanish translation of My Word Trainer (https://www.arc-swp.nihr.ac.uk/research/reclaiming-words-in-everyday-life-app-based-word-retraining-for-people-with-semantic-dementia) and the Aphasia Therapy Online (http://www.aphasiatherapyonline.com)

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