Dementia expert lined up as keynote speaker for industry conference

An eminent dementia expert is to be the keynote speaker at a special conference held in Chester next month.

Internationally renowned professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, Professor Annalena Venneri, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at Deafness Support Network’s Deafness & Dementia Conference 2016.

The conference will showcase the latest research and developments with regard to hearing loss and cognitive decline.professor annalena venneri

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Professor Venneri (right), based at the University of Sheffield, specialises in dementia research and treatment and will be exploring ‘ageing gracefully; raising awareness of risks for dementia’, when the conference takes place at Chester Racecourse on March 3.

Other speakers include Sarah Bent, Principal Clinical Scientist (Audiology) & Lead for Service improvement at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, who will be investigating ‘what part can audiology play for people living with dementia?’ and Dr Melanie Ferguson, Consultant Clinical Scientist, who will be speaking on computer-based auditory and working memory training for people with hearing loss.

Jenna Littlejohn, a PhD student from the University of Sheffield, whose research into  age-related hearing loss and increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia, is supported by Deafness Support Network (DSN), is also speaking at the conference.

She will reveal her latest findings into research she has been carrying out with volunteers across Cheshire and Sheffield.

A spokesperson for Starkey Hearing Technologies will also be speaking about the latest hi-tech advances in hearing aid technology.

As well as thought leaders and researchers, the conference will feature lived-experience examples from individuals affected by deafness and dementia.

DSN operations executive, Gill Reeder said: “We are very pleased to have attracted such high-calibre speakers to our first Deafness & Dementia Conference. The event is an ideal opportunity to bring together clinicians, health and social care providers and commissioners, researchers, individuals who may be experiencing issues related, families and carers.”

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