Sube Banerjee is Professor of Dementia and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences. He is an international expert in quality of life in dementia and the evaluation of new treatments. He led the development of the UK National Dementia Strategy.

Positioning dementia as a global priority

Sube has worked nationally and internationally on strategy and policy development to improve care for people with dementia. He was instrumental in the World Health Organisation’s inclusion of dementia as a global priority in its Global Action Plan. With an extensive background in clinical leadership roles, he built and led effective modern services for older people’s mental health and dementia in London.
In 2020, Sube co-authored the report for The Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention and care, which crucially added three more risk factors to the nine already identified, that if addressed could prevent or delay dementia. The report laid out policies and lifestyle changes that if followed, could reduce dementia cases by 40%.

Thought leadership

Why it’s time for a rethink on dementia care
How to care for people with dementia is one of the most pressing problems of the 21st century. An estimated 850,000 people in the UK are currently living with this devastating illness, a figure set to double in the next 30 years. Read more about why we need to rethink dementia care.  

Helping people with dementia

Sube’s research focuses on improving the quality of life of people with dementia. With a £4.7million grant from ERSC and NIHR, he is exploring definitively for the first time, the inequalities and inequities in dementia care and how these can be addressed.
As co-investigator of the £2.7million project, RadioMe , Sube is working across research disciplines to explore the use of artificial intelligence to adapt and personalise live radio that could transform the lives of people living alone with dementia. RadioMe will address the key causes of hospital admissions for people with dementia and improve their quality of life so they are able to remain living independently at home for longer.


The person behind the pioneer

"Our society overvalues youth and undervalues older adults"

It is critically important to help people with dementia maintain a good quality of life. It is within the power of policy makers and individuals to prevent and delay a significant proportion of dementia, especially for those disproportionately affected by dementia risk factors – low- and middle-income countries and vulnerable populations, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Professor Sube Banerjee, MBE

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Research Festival 2022

24 June – 1 July
The annual Research Festival returned to celebrate curiosity and collaboration, showcasing leading work across disciplines. The week invited fellow academics, industry, policymakers, students and the public to understand how we are responding to global challenges with a systems-thinking approach to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Evolving into an extended edition that now encompasses the popular Sustainable Earth conference, the Research Festival welcomed attendees to hear about cutting-edge research from leading experts and keynote speakers, learning how your research or business could achieve greater impact through co-creation and collaboration, locally and globally.

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Our research tackles the most pressing public health issues to improve the health and care of the populations we serve. We have a vibrant community of interdisciplinary research that is truly cutting-edge, from disease discovery to innovative care practices, novel treatments to clinical trials. We are at the forefront of research into the mechanisms, treatments and best care practices for areas including brain tumours, Parkinson’s disease, ageing communities, digital health, antibiotic resistance, and health inequalities.

Our close partnership with the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, together with the Derriford Research Facility, place us on the frontline of applied research from the laboratory to the patients across medicine, dentistry and healthcare professions.

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