Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

5th Annual Memory Clinic Conference 27th March 2015

Conference Presentations now available for download

The fifth National Memory Clinic Conference was held on Friday, 27th March 2015 in Trinity College Dublin. Jointly supported by the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) and Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC), the conference entitled “New Directions, New Dimension in Dementia,” focused on significant changes to the dementia landscape over the last five years and addressed some of the issues arising out of those changes. A mixture of national and international expert speakers addressed those with an interest in dementia and multidisciplinary staff working in some of the 17 memory clinics around the country covering topics such as the National Dementia Strategy, Neurocognitive Consequences of Sport Concussion, Driving and Dementia, epilepsy and memory loss, brain scanning in dementia, and a proposed national referral system for publicly funded Memory Clinics.

Amongst those addressing the conference was Dr Tony Foley, lecturer in the Department of General Practice in UCC, who was an advisor to the working group for the Irish National Dementia Strategy. Speaking at the conference Dr Foley said, “The National Dementia Strategy, which was launched in December 2014 will be an important guide for government policy over the next few years and a key tool in helping healthcare and community professionals understand best practise when it comes to clinical pathways and guidelines whilst providing better information about community and other supports.”

The conference was attended by over 150 healthcare professionals and pdf versions of the presentations will soon be available for download on this website.


Conference Presentations

Professor John T O'Brien

"Brain imaging for the diagnosis of people with suspected dementia"


Dr Chris Soraghan

"Towards a national referral system for Memory Clinics"   download

Marie Lalor







Dr Thomas Bak

"Dementia as a Motor Disorder"


Dr Tony Foley

"The diagnostic debate in General Practice: PREPARED for Action"


Professor Adam Zeman

"Accelerated long-term forgetting and autobiographical amnesia"


Anuraj Varshney

"Impact of Dementia on Driving and the role of the Forum of Mobility Centres in UK"