Dementia Design and Neuroscience Workshop

21 Feb 2019, 10.00AM–5.00PM
Cottrell Building Room 2A73
Dementia Design and Neuroscience Workshop

The workshop will bring together basic neuroscientists and those working to improve designs for individuals with dementia.

The goal is to bridge the divide between basic neuroscience studies on how the brain represents space with applied research and work focussing on the challenges physical spaces present to those with dementia. The desired outcome is a cross-fostering of insights based on both basic and applied approaches to the use of space.

Individuals with an interest in dementia care, particularly as it relates to the design and use of environments, are encouraged to attend. There will the opportunity for questions and discussion following each talk.

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Please note: Lunch and coffee/tea will be provided for all attendees.


(The programme will feature 30 minute Presentations, followed by 15 mins for Questions)

10:00 - 10:45 ‘Staying safe: going out’ Charlotte Clark and Katie-Gambier Ross (School of Health and Social Science, University of Edinburgh)

10:45 - 11:30 ‘Design and living environments for people with dementia: evidence and issues’ Alison Dawson (Dementia and Aging Research Group, University of Stirling)

11:30 - 12:15 ‘From real world design to Sea Hero Quest’ Ruth Dalton (Architecture and Built Environment, Northumbria University)

12:15 - 1:15 Break for lunch and delegates will have the opportunity have a guided tour of Dementia model suite

1:15 - 2:00 ‘How the brain represents space: some spatial layouts are easier to learn than others’ Paul Dudchenko/Emma Wood (Psychology, Univ. Stirling/Centre for Brain Discovery Sciences, University of Edinburgh)

2:00 - 2:45 ‘Colour and soul: wayfinding for a dementia ward’ Fiona McLachlan (Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture)

2:45 - 3:00 Coffee/tea break

3:00 - 3:45 ‘Design for dementia: an analysis of Australian and international care home layouts’ Martin Quirke (Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling)

3:45 - 4:30 ‘Toilets; where poor design has the greatest impact on the lives of people with dementia?’ Mary Marshall (Senior Consultant, Dementia Centre, HammondCare)

4:30 - 4:45 Development of a new buddy scheme to increase Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in dementia research’ Dr Christopher Hendridge/Dr Lillian Kennedy (Centre for Brain Discovery Sciences, University of Edinburgh)

4:45 - 5:00 Closing remarks and discussion