Many congratulations to Professor John O’Brien from the Old Age Psychiatry Group for receiving a Distinguished Service award. The prize was awarded by the International Psychogetriatric Association (IPA) in recognition of his extraordinary service and contribution to the clinical and research scene of geriatric mental health.
Founded in 1982, the IPA is a diverse healthcare community representing more than 50 countries, and it actively promotes improvement of mental health in old age across multidisciplinary themes and issues.
Professor John O’Brien has been an effective leader for IPA. Dating back to 2000, his many contributions to the psychogeriatric community include organising international neuroimaging workshops, such as webinars and educational material available on the IPA learning portal. He has also served as a member of the scientific committee for various IPA congresses since 2000, including the recent 2015 IPA International Congress in Berlin.
Co-chaired by Prof John O’Brien, this conference brought together a diverse range of professionals including psychiatrists, scientists, geriatricians, , epidemiologists, and social workers from all around the world. It provided an engaging platform where delegates gathered to discuss current mental health issues, and to present latest research findings on both the behavioral and neurobiological aspects of geriatric psychiatry.
As the principal investigator of the Old Age Psychiatry group, Prof John O’Brien’s research interests in dementia include the role of biomarkers, especially in the use of multiple types of neuroimaging techniques to improve differential and early diagnosis of dementia, including identifying those ‘at risk’ of future cognitive decline and developing markers of disease progression. Presently, these imaging biomarkers are being applied to cohorts of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body dementia and Vascular Cognitive impairment.
Many congratulations to Professor John O’Brien!
Written by Elijah Mak.