About this event

  • Date and time Wed 19 May 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Geriatrics and Gerontology

Join this third session of a four-part webinar series to review the benefits and limitations of presently available medications for Alzheimer's dementia and those in various degrees of development. This session seeks to promote the importance of discontinuing medications that may worsen cognitive functions.

Participants will be able to appreciate the efficacy, limitations and adverse effects of various medications available for the management of dementia. Given the potentially deleterious effects of some medications on cognitive functions, emphasis also will be placed on which medications to prescribe and which ones to discontinue.

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Know the uses, limitations and adverse effects of available medication for Alzheimer's Dementia
  • Understand ongoing research to develop medications for Alzheimer's dementia
  • Recognise that many medications commonly used may worsen the degree of cognitive dysfunction

Visit the Geriatrics and Gerontology Section page to book for all 4 sessions of this series and use code 'GGP6063MULTIBUY' at checkout to get a 20% discount. Please note, you must be booked for all 4 sessions to be eligible for this discount.

A CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Key speakers

Professor Chris Fox

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Honorary Consultant Psychogeriatrician Norwich Medical School University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Professor Chris Fox is a consultant psychiatrist and provides specialist memory services part-time.  

His main role is as a clinical academic with research areas in dementia 

(1) Medication and dementia – antimuscarinic and sedative medication using big data to improve current understanding into harms, benefits and causation contribution to dementia. (2) Developing new interventions to prevent deterioration and improve care in people with cognitive impairment. (3) Understanding the role of inflammation in cognitive impairment dementia and delirium with potential for new drug discovery. (4) Digital platforms for carers and people with dementia. (5) Medication usage in people with dementia.

His research in these areas has been funded by the NIHR, MRC, the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.  

Dr Ian Maidment

Reader in Clinical Pharmacy, Aston University

Speaker's biography

Dr Ian Maidment is a reader in clinical pharmacy and joined Aston University in February 2012. Prior to this, he worked in NHS Mental Health services for 18 years, and 8 years at a senior level. He has also worked within community pharmacy, the acute sector and led R&D in an NHS trust.  

His research focus is medication optimisation in the real world, particularly helping vulnerable populations get the best possible outcomes from medication. He was awarded his PhD on Medication-related adverse events in older people with dementia; causes and possible solutions in 2014 

Dr Maidment has published over 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at numerous international conferences. He has obtained £618K in grant income (as  chief investigator) and is also a co-investigator on a further £1,092K of grants. 

He has led two NIHR grants focussed on medication optimisation in older people:

MEMORABLE: Medication Management in Older people: Realist Approaches Based on Literature and Evaluation: a realist synthesis. Health Services and Delivery Research 2020.8:26. 

MEDREV: Medication review plus person-centred care: a feasibility study of a pharmacy-health psychology dual intervention to improve care for people living with dementia. BMC Psychiatry 2018.18:340.

He has just finished a UKRI-funded project on the role of community pharmacy in supporting the public response to COVID (click here for pre-print). He also has a H-index of 28 and his work is widely cited (745 citations in 2020). His research has also received coverage in the lay media including the BBC, and internationally, Ian has developed links with the USA, Australia and many European countries. 


View Programme

Welcome and introduction
What to prescribe in dementia

Professor Chris Fox, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Honorary Consultant Psychogeriatrician Norwich Medical School University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

The challenges of polypharmacy in the context of dementia

Dr Ian Maidment, Reader in Clinical Pharmacy, Aston University

Panel Discussion



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.  

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