Our Imperial Memory unit is managed by a team of neurologist consultants and clinical nurse specialists.

Dr Richard Perry, consultant neurologist

Richard Perry

Dr Perry is a consultant neurologist and honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College NHS Trust. Dr Perry gained his specialist clinical and research experience in cognition and memory disorders at the University of Cambridge Neurology Unit and the University of California, San Francisco. He runs memory clinics at Charing Cross Hospital and his area of special interest is in the early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr Perry conducts trials for new disease-modifying drugs in Alzheimer’s disease. His clinical neurological work also includes assessment and care of patients with traumatic brain injury. He has both a specialist and general clinical neurology practice.

 

 

Dr Paresh Malhotra, consultant neurologist

Paresh Malhotra

Dr Malhotra is a consultant neurologist at the Trust and a senior clinical lecturer at Imperial College London. He studied medicine at the University of Oxford with postgraduate training in medicine and neurology in London (Hammersmith & Charing Cross hospitals and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery). After completing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience, he finished clinical training as an NIHR Clinical Lecturer with a visiting scholarship in dementia and eurodegenerative disorders in Sydney. His main research interests relate to disorders of attention and motivation in patients with stroke and neurodegenerative diseases.

 

 

Dr Alexandra Wood, senior clinical fellow/ sub-investigator

Alexandra Wood

Dr Wood was granted an MBBS (Hons) from Imperial College School of Medicine, where she was also awarded a Bsc in respiratory science. After completing her medical degree she held a variety of posts in medicine and surgery including neurosurgery, psychiatry, endocrinology and acute general medicine. She is currently based on the Imperial Memory unit where she assesses and monitors patients who are participating in a variety of clinical trials.

 

 

Anna Byrne, clinical research coordinator

Anna Byrne

Anna holds a BSc (Hons) in psychology as well as an MSc in neuroscience (King's College London). After completing her master's, she went on to work in the Department of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. She worked on multiple dementia studies including a study developing an AI-assisted app for early detection of dementia, a study on hallucinations in dementia, and an observational Mild Cognitive Impairment study. Anna is now working as a research coordinator at the Imperial Memory Unit where she coordinates a dementia clinical trial and coordinates the recruitment of new participants to trials across the unit.

 

Amandeep Virk, clinical trial coordinator

Amandeep Virk

Amandeep has a BSc in psychology. She undertook a placement year as a psychology assistant at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability during her undergraduate degree. She then went on to complete a MSc in Neuroscience at King’s College London. Prior to joining the IMU, Amandeep was a clinical studies officer at the NIHR Clinical Research Network South London for two and half years where she worked on the recruitment and delivery of clinical research in mental health, neurology and dementia. She joined the IMU as a research coordinator in April 2019 and is currently responsible for coordinating trials in Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Annabelle Branch

Annabelle Branch

Annabelle studied a BSc in psychology at the University of Kent where she was also a research assistant while completing her degree and went on to obtain an MSc in forensic psychology. For three years she worked in private healthcare and was a lead rater in Alzheimer’s and Autism trials and trained new staff to complete neuropsychological assessments. Now working in the NHS, Annabelle is a clinical research coordinator and cognitive rater.

 

 

Ann Loughnane, clinical research coordinator/ cognitive rater

Ann Loughnane

Ann is a psychology graduate with over ten years clinical and research experience in dementia and neurological conditions. After graduating in Ireland Ann worked as a psychology assistant in neuro-rehabilitation (at the Raphael Medical Centre and the Christchurch Group) followed by the Havering memory clinic, Romford. Ann has worked in numerous research posts in Autism and Brain Injury with the Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Department of Neuropsychology, Beaumont hospital, Trinity College Dublin and more formerly as a senior clinical research coordinator at Surrey and Borders partnership NHS Trust. Ann recently joined the team as a research coordinator at the IMU where she will be coordinating clinical trials and also performing neuropsychological assessments.

 

 

Arvin Fernando, clinical research coordinator/ clinical research nurse

Arvin Fernando

Arvin holds a BSc in Nursing from the Philippines and a Bachelor of Health Care from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. He is currently working on his Masters in Global Health and Crisis Management at Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland. He has been working as Registered Nurse for over a decade, and in the previous three years has worked on the Adult Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He is now working as a clinical research coordinator and nurse at the Imperial Memory Unit, where he oversees administering medications, patient assessments and the coordination of clinical trials.

 

 

Rebecca Ruiz, clinical research coordinator/ cognitive rater

Rebecca Ruiz

Rebecca has a BA in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and has over 10 years’ experience in mental health research. After finishing her degree, Rebecca worked for a private neuropsychology practice where she administered cognitive assessments to people with MCI. She then spent 5 years at the Maryland Psychiatry Research Centre working on several fMRI studies examining cognitive process in Schizophrenia. Since moving to England, she has worked as a Research Assistant for Great Ormond Street Hospital CRN and King’s College London Forensic Department. Rebecca joined the IMU in August 2021 and is currently responsible for coordinating clinical trials.

 

 

Rhianne Beveney, research support officer

Rhianne Beveney

Rhianne was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience at the University of Glasgow, during which she worked voluntarily on an acute mental health rehabilitation ward. After graduating, she worked in medical communications where she created and edited content for pharmaceutical organisations in therapy areas including neurology, immunology and cardiovascular disease. She then completed an MSc in Biotechnology and Management and went on to work as a Business Support Assistant at the Youth Health Service, Health Improvement, NHS Scotland. Rhianne joined the IMU in 2021 as a Research Support Officer providing support to the team, patients and assisting with the running of the IMU.

 

 

Dilman Sadiq – Imperial Memory Unit manager

Dilman Sadiq

Dilman initially joined the Imperial Memory Unit in 2016 as Research Coordinator/Cognitive Rater, and returned to the unit as Unit Manager in September 2019. She holds a BSc degree in Psychology, and an MSc degree in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from University College London (UCL). Dilman has been working with dementia patients since 2011, and has been actively involved in dementia clinical research since 2015.