Research & Expertise

Fall prevention in Parkinson’s, neurodegenerative disease and ageing

We are seeking to establish whether cognitive enhancement with cholinesterase inhibitors prevents people with Parkinson’s from falling. The £2.1 million NIHR funded CHIEF-PD trial is underway, recruiting 600 people at sites across the UK and builds on the foundational ReSPOND trial that we completed and published in Lancet Neurology in 2016.

Read more about the CHIEF-PD trial.

Improving Parkinson’s monitoring, treatment and care

Recognising that care for older people and those with Parkinson’s is often fragmented and reactive, we are seeking to trial new ways of delivering care with cutting edge treatments and monitoring. The PRIME Parkinson programme is a £10 million programme of research that we are undertaking in collaboration with Prof Bas Bloem and Dr Marten Munneke at Radboud University, Netherlands.

Read more about the PRIME-PD programme.

Transforming Training in Geriatric Medicine

We have developed an innovative undergraduate geriatrics curriculum which is delivered via an 18-week clerkship at the University of Bristol. Embedded within this is a mixed-methods programme of research to evaluate and innovate undergraduate teaching in geriatric medicine. This work, funded by The Dunhill Medical Trust, comprises three streams of work:

  • Innovation and Evaluation of the ‘Complex Medicine in Older People’ curriculum (CMOP) at Bristol Medical School
  • The Students and Trainees on Medical Placements (STOMP): Tackling Discrimination Study
  • The 3rd national BGS survey of undergraduate education in ageing and geriatric medicine

Read more about these programmes or follow us on Twitter @GerisMedEd @StompStudy.