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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, a leading centre of excellence in research, education, training and consultancy in dementia care. 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 several journals, a member of the Dementia Workforce Advisory Group for Health Education England, the National Institute for Health Research Portfolio Development Group for Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Research Strategy Council of the Alzheimer’s Society. She is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, social care adviser to Alzheimer Europe and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.  In 2018 she was awarded the British Society for Gerontology Outstanding Achievement Award.