About the DEMON Network

We are the international network for the application of data science and AI to dementia research. The Deep Dementia Phenotyping (DEMON) Network brings together academics, clinicians and other partners from across the world. By connecting these people, we can identify innovative approaches to interdisciplinary collaborative dementia research across multiple institutions.

Our vision is to revolutionise dementia research and healthcare by bringing innovators together and harnessing the power of data science and AI.

Core Team

Prof David Llewellyn

Director

David is a Professor at the University of Exeter Medical School and a Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. He founded the DEMON Network in 2019 with the goal of doing things differently and establishing a platform for collaborative innovation. He has overseen the development of DEMON Network into a global initiative with over 1,000 members.

Dr Janice Ranson

Deputy Director

Janice is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School. Her research interests are in primary and secondary dementia prevention and diagnostics, with expertise in development and validation of prediction models for direct clinical and research applications.

Dr Charlotte James

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Charlotte is a Research Fellow in Data Science at the University of Exeter Medical School. Her current work focuses on the application of data science and AI to health research, focussing on dementia and stroke.

Jan Alcott

Network Administrator

Jan joined the DEMON Network team in September 2019, after working in Finance and in Postgraduate Admissions. Her role as administrator involves providing front line support and advice to academics and partners involved in the running of the network and the delivery of its outputs.

Steering Committee

Prof Richard Everson

University of Exeter

Richard is a Professor of Machine Learning and the Director of the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Exeter. His research interests are in machine learning, statistical pattern recognition, multi-objective optimisation and the links between them.

Prof Kenneth Rockwood

Dalhousie University

Kenneth Rockwood is a professor of medicine (geriatric medicine and community health & epidemiology) at Dalhousie and an active staff physician. A leading authority on frailty, he has more than 400 publications and nine books to his credit.

Dr Sarah Bauermeister

University of Oxford / DPUK

Sarah is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, working for Professor John Gallacher, Director of Dementias Platform UK (DPUK).  She works and supervises across multiple projects as a multidisciplinary and psychometric analyst for the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (EPAD) study and DPUK.

Prof Kenneth Langa

University of Michigan

Kenneth Langa brings a wealth of clinical and academic expertise in dementia. He is Associate Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan, and Associate Director of the NIA-funded Health and Retirement Study.

Theme Leads

Dr Michele Veldsman

Early Career Development Theme Lead

Dr Michele Veldsman is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Cognitive Neurology group of Professor Masud Husain. Her research looks at the impact of dementia syndromes and stroke on functional and structural networks in the human brain.

Dr Magda Bucholc

Early Career Development Theme Lead

Magda is a Lecturer in Data Analytics at the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at Ulster University. She works on the development and implementation of statistical frameworks and computational methodologies in clinical decision making to improve disease risk prediction models, enable earlier diagnosis and optimize allocation of health care resources.

Dr Eugene Tang

Clinical Theme Lead

Eugene is a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow at Newcastle University.  Eugene’s research interests are around dementia and earlier diagnosis through risk prediction models in primary care to identify those at highest risk (including at-risk groups e.g. stroke-survivors) in order to receive timely diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

Dr Neil Oxtoby

Data Science Theme Lead

Neil is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at UCL.  His current research focusses on developing and applying computer science approaches to determining the progression of degenerative neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. He is a senior member of the POND group in CMIC at UCL, and the Scientific Manager for the EuroPOND consortium.

Dr Peter Bagshaw

Clinical Advisory Group Lead

Peter is a General Practitioner partner in Minehead and the Mental Health and Dementia clinical lead for the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. He is also a Section Editor for the online journal Chronic Disease and co-author of “Mental Health in Older People: a Practice Primer”. He is regularly seen at conferences and in the media discussing topics relating to mental health and dementia.

 

Working Group Leads

Dr Nathan Skene

Genetics and Omics

Nathan’s interests lie in using human genetics to gain insight into the neurobiology of brain disorders and cognitive traits. His research aims to tackle basic questions about brain disorders: where they occur, at which developmental stage genetic insults take place, and the biological processes acted on within each cell type involved.

Dr James Duce

Drug Discovery and Trials Optimisation

James Duce obtained his Ph.D from Cardiff University in the neurobiology of Huntington’s disease. He led a team at University of Leeds that validated several post-translational modifications as disease targets before joining the ALBORADA Drug Discovery Institute in 2017.

Dr Petra Proitsi

King's College London

Petra is an ARUK Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London. Her current work focusses on identifying biomarkers associated with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline and understanding whether they are on the causal pathway and how they are influenced by environmental and clinical risk factors.

Dr Michele Veldsman

Imaging (co-lead)

Dr Michele Veldsman is a postdoctoral research scientist in the Cognitive Neurology group of Professor Masud Husain at the University of Oxford. Her research looks at the impact of dementia syndromes and stroke on functional and structural networks in the human brain.

Dr Timothy Rittman

Imaging (co-lead)

Tim’s main interest is in understanding how neurodegnerative diseases progresses through the brain, and why neurodegenerative diseases affect the brain in predictable patterns. To do this he develops computer models of disease processes using imaging, pathology and genetic data.

Dr Danielle Newby

Prevention

Danielle’s research focusses on the analysis of real-world data such as¬†medical electronic health records using traditional statistical approaches and machine learning to understand more about what causes dementia and what can be done to intervene.

Dr Donald Lyall

Applied Models and Digital Health

Donald is a lecturer in Public Health at the University of Glasgow. He is an epidemiologist, and his research aims to understand how genes, environment and their interaction (GxE) influence human brain health.

Dr Charlotte James

Research Methods Optimisation

Charlotte is a Research Fellow in Data Science at the University of Exeter Medical School. Her current work focuses on the application of data science and AI to health research, focussing on dementia and stroke.

Dr Sarah Marzi

Experimental Models

Sarah Marzi is an Edmond and Lily Safra Research Fellow and UK DRI Emerging Leader at Imperial College’s Dementia Research Institute. She is interested in epigenetic regulation in neurodegenerative disease, focussing specifically on the molecular drivers of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Regional Leads

Dr Li Su

East

University of Cambridge

Dr Timothy Rittman

East

University of Cambridge

Dr Rebecca Sims

Wales

University of Cardiff

Dr Bertie Muller

Wales

Swansea University

Dr Petra Proitsi

King's

King's College London

Mr Christopher Albertyn

King's

King's College London

Dr Christopher Buckley

North

Northumbria University

Dr Riona McArdle

North

Newcastle University

Prof Graham Ball

Midlands

Nottingham Trent University

Dr Anto Rajamani

Midlands

University of Nottingham

Dr Helen Beaumont

North West

University of Manchester

Dr Hamied Haroon

North West

University of Manchester

Dr Joseph Kane

Northern Ireland

Queen's University Belfast

Dr KongFatt Wong-Lin

Northern Ireland

Ulster University

Dr Danielle Newby

Thames Valley

University of Oxford

Dr Laura Winchester

Thames Valley

University of Oxford

Dr Vesna Vuksanovic

Scotland

University Aberdeen

Dr Donald Lyall

Scotland

University of Glasgow

Dr Tammaryn Lashley

UCL

University College London

Dr Vasiliki Orgeta

UCL

University College London

Dr Simon M Bell

Yorkshire

University of Sheffield

Dr Nemanja Vaci

Yorkshire

University of Sheffield

Dr Nathan Skene

Imperial

Imperial College London

Dr Sarah Marzi

Imperial

Imperial College London

Prof Roxana O Carere

Southampton

University of Southampton

Members

We have over 1,000 members from six continents who are clinicians, academics, charities and industry representatives.