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Internal News - 11 January 2007

Medical professionals attend RICE conference in Bath

This week the Bath-based Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly (RICE) is hosting a conference for over 60 medical professionals from across the region about improving healthcare for older people, particularly for those with memory problems, dementia or at risk of falls.

The conference is being presented in collaboration with consultants from the Older People’s Services Department at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Professor Roy Jones, Director of RICE and Professor of Clinical Gerontology in the School for Health at the University of Bath, who is an expert on memory problems and ageing, is to chair the conference, and will welcome delegates from across the south of England and Wales.

Professor Jones will discuss the implications of the recent National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence ruling regarding drug treatments for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Other topics will include the management of pain in people with Parkinson’s disease, drugs in routine use that sometimes may make memory worse, and measuring the quality of life of a person with dementia.

Professor Jones said: “I am pleased to be hosting the second annual RICE conference here in Bath; it is an important event that gives medical professionals the opportunity to hear about and discuss current research findings concerning issues such as dementia and falls in older people that are of importance to them in their everyday practice.”

The event, which is already fully-booked, takes place at Bailbrook House on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2007.


RICE is a registered charity based in the grounds of St Martin’s Hospital in Bath and it look at some of the problems faced by older people in their daily life, particularly those associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. The work involves holding memory clinics, running carers’ courses (for the relatives of patients with Alzheimer’s disease), studies to try and find therapeutic remedies for these conditions and various other projects. The Institute has limited funding from the NHS (less than 15 per cent) and has to rely on grants, donations and fund raising activities to support this important work. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia which affects over 750,000 people in this country.