The multidisciplinary NANA team was formed at the NDA sandpit on nutrition and older people in January 2008.
Arlene Astell - University of St. Andrews
Arlene's main research interests are in communication and social interaction between people with a diagnosis of dementia and caregivers. She studies speech production, cognitive skills and social behaviour to examine the impact of dementia on both the individual and caregiver. Recent research has focused on the caregivers' role in interactions with a person with dementia, staff training in psychological interventions and responding to distressed behaviour.
Arlene is Deputy Coordinator of the Dundee Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre and current collaborations include the CIRCA project and Living in the Moment, two projects using technology to promote communication and quality of life in people with a diagnosis of dementia.
University Webpage: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/psychology/people/lect/aja3.shtml
Elizabeth Williams - University of Sheffield
Dr Liz Williams trained in Physiology at the University of Sheffield. She continued at Sheffield for her postgraduate studies investigating the role of riboflavin deficiency on gastrointestinal development. She was awarded her PhD in 1996. She was then appointed as a post-doctoral researcher at the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit, Cambridge and worked at a MRC field station in The Gambia, West Africa. On her return to the UK Liz was appointed as a lecturer in Human Nutrition at Newcastle University. In 2003 she returned to Sheffield and joined the Human Nutrition Unit as a lecturer.
Liz has a long-standing research interest in diet and intestinal health and in particular biomarkers of colorectal cancer, and the role of butyrate and folate on colorectal carcinogenesis. In collaboration with other colleagues at Sheffield (Dr Bernard Corfe, Dr Jonathan Bury, Prof Stuart Riley, Dr Paul Hurlstone, Dr Colin Bingle) she is currently involved in investigations of how dietary factors regulate apoptosis in the colon, and the role of dietary fibre on colonic health.
Liz has also developed a research interest in the relationship between diet, immune function and ageing. The area of work has developed through collaboration with colleagues in the Immunobiology Unit (Prof Graham Pockley), Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing (Prof Stuart Parker), the Centre for Sport & Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University (Dr John Saxton) and the Human Nutrition Unit (Prof Hilary Powers). This group of researchers is currently running a large randomised control trial investigating the effect of a dietary intervention on immune function in the elderly.
University Webpage: http://www.shef.ac.uk/medicine/staff/williams.html
Tim Adlam - Bath Institute of Medical Engineering
Tim is a design and development engineer at Bath Institute of Medical Engineering and an honorary research fellow at the University of Bath with broad experience experience in assistive technology and medical engineering design and evaluation. His main research interests are in assistive technology for people with dementia and compliant seating for disabled children. Recent research has included the long term residential user evaluation of an autonomous smart flat for people with dementia; and the development of a compliant seat for a child with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and severe extensor spasms. Tim has organised and is running a pair of collaborative UK / Canada workshops looking at the implementation of assistive technology for people with dementia, funded jointly by EPSRC(UK) and CIHR/IA (Canada).
Tim trained in Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University, worked as a production engineer in industry for 2 years, and then trained in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Surrey. Since 1996 he has worked at the BIME on a diverse range of projects ranging from the design of bicycles for people with restricted growth to a device for measuring the effects of radiotherapy on vaginal tissue. Tim is a chartered mechanical engineer, a chartered scientist and a registered clinical scientist.
Tim's Webpage: https://wiki.bath.ac.uk/display/~mpstda/Tim+Web
BIME webpage: http://www.bime.org.uk
The BIME entry on the FAST database: http://www.fastuk.org/atcommunity/orgview.php?id=47
Faustina Hwang - University of Reading
Dr. Faustina Hwang joined the School of Systems Engineering at the University of Reading as a lecturer in 2005. Her research in human-computer interaction for older people and people with disabilities investigates how novel techniques and interfaces (e.g. haptics) can improve interactions involving cursor control. She has a wider interest in how technology can be used to improve quality of life, for example, to promote independence, improve nutrition, or assist in stroke rehabilitation. She completed her PhD at the Cambridge University Engineering Department where her research was on cursor control for motion-impaired users.
Faustina's Webpage: http://www.personal.reading.ac.uk/~sis05fh/