1st WORLD CONGRESS ON HEALTHY AGEING
"Evolution: Holistic Ageing in an Age of Change"
19th-22nd March 2012, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Organised by Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society



Dr. Duncan Ronald Forsyth
Dr. Duncan Forsyth, joined Addenbrooke's as Consultant Geriatrician in September 1990.

A graduate of Manchester medical school (1978), his post-graduate training in general and geriatric medicine was undertaken in Bristol and Exeter. He was Clinical Director of the Department of Medicine for the Elderly from 1996-2002. Since joining Addenbrooke's he has played a key role in shaping local services for Older People. As well as developing local services for Parkinson's disease he also has a particular interest in improving the detection and management of delirium, the better management of dementia within an acute hospital setting, and end of life care.

He is an active member of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) and has had key regional and national roles within the BGS. He was a member of the 2002 Royal College of Physicians (London) Working Party on 'The Psychological Care of Medical Patients'. He has served on the Liaison Committee between the BGS and the Royal College of Psychiatrists both as senior registrar and consultant and has been secretary and chairman of that committee. He was co-founder and inaugural chair of the BGS special interest group in cerebral ageing and mental health. As a member of the 2004 Royal College of Psychiatrists Working Group on Old Age Liaison Psychiatry he is a co-author of 'Who Cares Wins'. He was a member of the BGS / RCP delirium guidelines development working party (guidelines published by RCP 2006) and represented the BGS on the Royal College of Psychiatrists' working group to revise 'The care of older people with mental illness: Specialist services and medical training'. He also represents the BGS on the Older Peoples Specialists' Forum (a national multi-professional committee, which he currently chairs). With colleagues in Old Age Psychiatry and Geriatric Medicine he was chair of a national initiative to raise the involvement of geriatricians in the detection and management of cognitive impairment - this group has published a consensus document 'Delirious about dementia' and a CD-RoM toolkit, wall chart and educational slide show to assist Geriatricians in diagnosing cognitive impairment.

He is an examiner for the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine, Cambridge Final MB and Cambridge 2nd MB Preparing for Patients B (communication skills). He lectures extensively and has published papers on: management of Parkinson's disease and its complications; pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer's disease; differential diagnosis of dementia syndromes; management of pelvic fracture; hypothermia; and the autopsy. He has co-written learning modules on delirium (doctors.net.uk) and dementia (BMJ Learning). He has contributed chapters to books on Parkinson's disease in the elderly; Pain in older people; Chan's Practical Geriatrics; and the Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry. He has also contributed to a CD-Rom training program on dementia and depression. He is editor of CME Journal Geriatric Medicine and also referee for Age & Ageing and Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health.

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