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Prof Steve Iliffe
Royal Free Campus
Rowland Hill St.
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  • Emeritus Professor
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Professor Steve Iliffe is an academic general practitioner who has worked in a large socially diverse inner-city group practice in N.W.London for 30 years. The first Professor of Primary care for Older People in the UK, he is also a Practice-Based Commissioner in Brent PCT.

His research interests are in health promotion in later life and in mental health, particularly dementia syndrome. He is CI of the ProAct65+ study, a five year multi-centre randomised controlled trial of exercise promotion for older people in general practice, funded by the HTA; with 1200 participants this is the largest therapeutic trial of exercise to date.

He is Chief Investigator of the EVIDEM programme, a five year multicentre package of projects, funded by the National Institute of Health Research, focusing on evidence-based interventions along the trajectory of dementia syndrome.

He is Associate Director for the UK national co-ordinating centre for Dementias & Neurodegenerative Diseases Research networks (DENDRON), and was a member of the NICE/SCIE dementia guidelines development group from 2004 to 2006. He was also a member of the External Reference Group for the National Dementia Strategy, in 2008-9 and was a member of the Department of Health Dementia Commissioning working group.

A member of INTERDEM, the European research group on early interventions in dementia, he is the UK principal investigator for an eight nation study of palliative care in dementia, running from 2011 to 2015, funded by the European Commission under the FP7 programme.

His other roles are as advisor to the German Geriatrics Research training programme funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation, and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for Healthy Ageing in Copenhagen University.
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The Centre for Ageing Population Studies (CAPS) in UCL’s depart of Primary Care & Population Health is the only research unit for clinical and social gerontology based in primary care. It adopts a biopsychosocial perspective on research, and draws research funding from the European Commission, ESRC, MRC, Department of Health, industry, charities, and the National Institute for Health Research. Current and recent studies include:
One of the first wave  5 year NIHR programme grants, on dementia care in the community, won in competition against powerful specialist research groups in 2007.
A mixed methodology study of factors determining uptake of preventive eye care in older people.
The ProAge trial of health promotion for older people using a decision support system, funded by the European Commission. The experience gained in this RCT  led to the Smarter Working in Health & Social Care (SWISH) project, developing a “Life Check” approach to health and social wellbeing in later life, and funded by the Department of Health. This has been followed by the MRC-funded Well-being in Health & Social care(WISH), combining the medical domains from ProAge with the social domains developed in SWISH.
The National evaluation of the National Service Framework for Older People at its mid-point in 2006.
The identification of factors promoting active aging (including psychological well-being and quality of life) dynamically among older people in the community.
The largest multicentre trial of exercise promotion for older people in general practice, which began in 2008, which has informed two further studies of exercise promotion in general practice, PACE-Lift and PACE-Up, and another UCL study on determinants of habitual exercise
A trial of case-management of people with dementia in primary care.
A five nation  intervention development project on palliative care for people with cancer and dementia, funded by the European Commission.
CAPS is community-oriented,  multidisciplinary in attitude, and actively mixed in its methodological approaches. It has established close working relationships with academic research teams from nursing, social work, economic and old age psychiatry in the UK, and is a leading partner in the European research group on psychosocial interventions in dementia, INTERDEM.

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