To ensure that our interviews are conducted in a similar manner as those performed in the other countries, a training workshop was organized. Professor Robert Stewart (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) a founding member of the 10/66 dementia research group will train persons who are selected to conduct the interviews. He is an international established epidemiologist and section head at the University of London and who has conducted prevalence studies in numerous developing and developed countries.

Prof. Robert Stewart with whom we have been collaborating on the subject has expressed his willingness to train the persons who will administer questionnaires in this study. The prevalence study will use validated 10/66 interview protocols together with a socioeconomic questionnaire generated by the health economics unit of The University of the West Indies (HEU).

PROFESSOR ROBERT STEWART

prof-robert-stewartProfessor Robert Stewart trained in Medicine and Surgery at Leeds University, completed junior psychiatric training on the Royal Free Hospital rotation, and joined the Institute of Psychiatry as an academic specialist registrar in 1996 to investigate vascular risk factors for cognitive impairment in an older African-Caribbean population. Dr Stewart was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2003, as Head of the Section of Epidemiology in 2006, and as Clinical Reader from September 2007.

ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
Mental health in older adults – He has had a long-lasting interest in the relationship between vascular risk factors and dementia / depression, and in mental health outcomes in older African-Caribbean populations.

Liaison Old Age Psychiatry –Research interests
have focused on the relationship between somatic factors and mental health, particularly in older people including: relationships between vascular risk factors, cognitive impairment and depression; associations between anthropometric measures and late-life cognition; associations between the emergence of dementia and somatic changes (e.g. in weight, cholesterol and blood pressure levels); associations between dental status / oral health and late-life cognition.