International Dementia Academy South Asia

Course Fully booked

01 Aug 2022 - 24 Dec 2022

Who is the course for?

Dementia is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and nearly 60% live in low-middle income countries. In many countries, dementia is not well recognised nor managed. The impact of families and carers is significant.

We invite clinicians based in Bangladesh & India to apply for this specialised course to increase their clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of people with dementia in their country.

This course is ideal for doctors working with older adults who are at risk of dementia or who may have developed dementia. This includes specialist registrars or consultants in old age psychiatry, care of the elderly or neurology, as well as internists and general practitioners (GPs).

From this course, delegates will gain:

  • An introduction to the clinical syndrome of dementia, its epidemiology and risk factors

  • An understanding of the clinical aspects of diagnosis of people at different stages of dementia

  • An introduction to assessment tools for cognitive, functional, and behavioural impairment

  • Case-based discussions of different types of dementias

  • An introduction to treatment and management of dementia (medication and non-medication-based)

  • Discussions of care pathway planning for people living with dementia, including information and support for family carers

  • An understanding of community support services such as day care and residential care

Programme- Bangladeshi cohort

Last updated: 28 June

Programme- Indian cohort

Last updated: 4 July

What is expected of delegates?

This is a virtual course, conducted online via a mixture of interactive and self-directed learning. Delegates will be expected to:

  • Complete each module of the course, provided monthly and comprising a video session and additional reading

  • Complete a short self-assessment at the end of each module

  • Attend the live sessions and participate actively in the discussion

  • Undertake a small service development project over the course of 5 months around the topic of dementia

  • Present their service development project in the final class meeting between the 15th and 20th of December (exact date TBC)

Course leaders will be mentors to students throughout the course and for 6 months after the course to support development of dementia services. Course material will be in English. Interactive sessions will be English and Bengali.


  • The course will be run over 5 months, from 1st August - 24th December 2022.

  • Self-directed learning material will be sent to delegates at the start of each month.

  • Each month a 90 minute online live interactive teaching session will be conducted with course leaders and delegates via zoom.

How do I apply?

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2022. Please click the "Register now" button and complete our registration form.

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Our sponsor

The course is sponsored via an educational grant from ESTHER Ireland and is being run in partnership with Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Alzheimer Society of Bangladesh, Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Lund University. This sponsorship enables delegates to attend free-of-charge. A small stipend will be offered to support the development of each delegate’s service improvement project.

Prof Iracema Leroi
Associate Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin & Faculty, GBHI
Dr Mathew Varghese
Senior Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India
Dr Clara Domínguez Vivero
Clinical Neurologist, Galician Health Service, Pontevedra, Spain, Atlantic Fellow in Equity for Brain Health, GBHI
Dr Irina Kinchin
Health Economist with expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, Global Brain Health Institute
Dr Raisul Islam Khan
Specialist in Geriatric & Gerontology, Stockholm
Dr Yaohua Chen
Associate Professor, University of Lille, Lille Neuroscience and Cognition, Department of Geriatrics, CHU Lille
Dr Joseph Kane
Academic Clinical Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast
Prof Suvarna Alladi
Professor of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India & regional mentor, GBHI
Dr Kavitha Perumparaichallai
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Center for Transitional Neuro-Rehabilitation at Barrow Neurological Institute
Tomás León
Psychiatrist, Memory Clinic Hospital del Salvador, Chile, Atlantic Fellow in Equity for Brain Health, GBHI
Alison Holden
Specialist Occupational Therapist in Dementia Care and Memory Assessment Services, NHS England
Dr Robert Briggs
Consultant geriatrician, St James's Hospital, Dublin
Dr Sanjib Saha
Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Sridhar Vaitheswaran
Assistant Director & Consultant Psychiatrist, Dementia Care in SCARF (DEMCARES), Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India) – SCARF, Chennai, India
Nicky Taylor
Artist and Researcher
Dr Shahriar Faruque
Psychiatrist, Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital, Bogura, Bangladesh
Dr Soumya Hegde
Geriatric Psychiatrist
Azizul Haque
Founder of Alzheimer Society of Bangladesh
Dr Jayashree Dasgupta
Clinical Psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India
Dr Mohamed Sakel
Director and Consultant Physician
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