Our team

Prevent Dementia is led by Professor Craig Ritchie of the University of Edinburgh, with leading investigators at each of our study sites:
Prof Craig Ritchie
Prof Craig Ritchie
Chief Investigator Biography
Prof Karen Ritchie
Prof Karen Ritchie
Co-Chief Investigator Biography
Prof John O’Brien
Principal Investigator and Imaging lead Biography
Dr Riccardo Marioni
Dr Riccardo Marioni
Genetics lead Biography
Dr Ivan Koychev
Dr Ivan Koychev
Principal Investigator Biography
Prof Brian Lawlor
Prof Brian Lawlor
Principal Investigator Biography
Dr Lorina Naci
Dr Lorina Naci
Principal Investigator Biography
Dr Paresh Malhotra
Principal Investigator Biography
Dr Graciela Muniz-Terrera
Study Statistician Biography
Katie Wells
National Coordinator  
Sarah Gregory
Edinburgh site Study Coordinator  
Siobhan Rust
Cambridge site Study Coordinator  
Lisa Crosby
Dublin site Study Coordinator  
Amy Chinner
Oxford site Amyloid Imaging study Coordinator  
Kim Tysall
Steering group Lay representative  

Participants’ Panel

The Prevent Participant’s panel was established in August 2013 prior to the development of the Prevent Research Programme. The panel is made up of a group of volunteers with a keen interest in dementia prevention and have participated in the study themselves. The panel meet on a regular basis every 2-3 months to discuss the progress of the research and consider any additional studies which Prevent participants may be invited to become involved with. Two members of the panel also sit on the steering group committee and they attend these meetings to provide feedback and suggestions on behalf of the panel. The panel are critical to the development of the Prevent Research Programme and also help with the review of study documentation.

Steering group committee

The PREVENT Steering group committee meet bi-annually to discuss the progress and future plans for the programme. Whilst the committee only meet face to face twice a year the committee manage the programme throughout the year by making decisions on data access requests and potential sub-studies as well problem solving any issues relating to the programme on an ongoing basis. The committee is chaired by Prof Craig Ritchie and members include those with expertise in relevant areas of dementia prevention research along with a funder representative and two participant representatives.

Scientific Advisory board

Alongside the Steering group the study is also advised by a Scientific Advisory board which is chaired by Prof Gordon Wilcock (University of Oxford). Members of the board include Prof Nick Fox (University College London), Prof Martin Prince (Kings College London) and Prof Ian McKeith (Newcastle University).