Alzheimer's Society welcomes Fiona Carragher

Alzheimer's Society is delighted to welcome our new Chief Policy and Research Officer, Fiona Carragher.

Fiona Carragher

Fiona Carragher joined the Society as Chief Policy and Research Officer in January, and she’ll play a pivotal role in our vision to create a world without dementia.

Fiona leads our growing and ambitious world-class research programme and portfolio, as well as our work to strengthen our position as the national charity leader on dementia health, social care policy and societal change.

Before joining us, Fiona was the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England, supporting the 50,000-strong healthcare science workforce in the NHS. She worked on programmes ranging from antimicrobial resistance to hearing loss.

A consultant clinical biochemist by background, Fiona has worked for two decades at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals and King’s College Hospital in London, and at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Fiona is committed to ensuring that we reach every person who has a dementia diagnosis and who wants our help. She wants to change the conversation on dementia so that it centres on the rights of people affected by the condition, and to drive research towards improving care and finding a cure.

‘I believe it will be through research, evidence building and innovation that we will be able to make a step change in care, prevention and one day a cure for dementia. There is so much for us to do, both in terms of driving policy and shining a spotlight on government to increase focus in this area, but also to catalyse a shift in our understanding of dementia through our continued investment in research.’
- Fiona Carragher

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@Fiona Carragher. My husband was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s last year. Good to see you are working for this society, far removed from newborn blood spot screening!

My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimers in March 2020 after scans and extensive testing. We would both like him to be involved in the tests with salbutamol and would appreciate if someone could put us in touch with the right people if this is possible.

Hi Janet, many thanks for getting in touch.

We are so sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis. The research into using salbutamol is really at the very early stages and mostly being investigated in test tubes at the moment however we do hope this area of research progresses quickly.

In the meantime however, there are many other studies you may be interested to get involved in. The best way to keep up to date with trials and studies your husband might be eligible for, is by registering with ‘Join Dementia Research’. You can do that online via the website or by calling our helpline on 0333 150 3456. We’d also recommend asking your consultant if there are any studies they might be aware of that your husband could take part in.

Hope this helps,

Alzheimer's Society blog team

I would like to invite Fiona Carrigher to visit us in Tanzania . Specifically to our NGO for mental health people