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Murna Downs

Professor in Dementia Studies

Faculty/Dept/School The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies
(Faculty of Health Studies)
Telephone +441274 233991


Professor Murna Downs is Professor in Dementia Studies at the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford. She has published on a range of topics from early diagnosis through to end of life care. Murna’s collaborative research is currently focused on developing and testing interventions to improve care in people's own homes. She has recently completed a study on ealry detection of changes in health in nursing homes.  She co-directs the University’s Alzheimer’s Society funded Doctoral Training Centre on dementia care and services research, ‘Improving transitions in dementia care’. She is co-editor of the highly commended textbook Excellence in dementia care: Research into practice and is series editor of the Jessica Kingsley Good Practice Guides on Dementia Care. Murna is on the editorial board of Ageing and Mental Health and the  Alzheimer's Society Research Strategy Council. She is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and in 2018 she was awarded the British Society for Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award.


Teaching interests

  • effectiveness of care and services for people living with dementia
  • involving people living with dementia and their families in research and teaching
  • effective approaches to improving care practice and cultures of care
  • living well with dementia from diagnosis to death