US Award for Expert in Ageing

An internationally recognised expert on ageing and dementia, Professor Bob Woods of Bangor University, is to be the first international recipient of an American Award on Thursday 13 October 2011.

Professor Bob Woods, who is Director of Dementia Services Development Centre and Professor of Clinical Psychology of  Older People at Bangor University is the first international Honouree and speaker at the 10th Annual Reisberg Award and Lecture.

The Award is sponsored by the "I'm Still Here" Foundation, which supports the care and treatment of the five million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States and is named after Dr. Barry Reisberg, Clinical Director of New York University's Aging and Dementia Research Center.

The award recognises people who have made distinguished contributions in the area of non-pharmacologic treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Prof Woods will be addressing professionals and care partners meeting in New York on the topic: Finding hope in dementia care: What difference can we make?

Prof Woods said: 'This award shows that Bangor research is seen as world-leading in making for a better life for people with dementia and their families. I am delighted to be part of this. This is a team effort and there are excellent collaborations with colleagues in Bangor, the NHS and elsewhere in the UK.'

Bob Woods is a clinical psychologist who has been involved in developing and evaluating psychological interventions for people with dementia and their supporters for 35 years. He pioneered an evidence-based approach, notably in relation to cognitive stimulation and reminiscence work. He continues to work clinically and leads an active dissemination programme, including staff training and service development. He has received previous awards from the British Psychological Society and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Publication date: 12 October 2011