Our Imperial Memory unit is managed by a team of neurologist consultants and clinical nurse specialists.
Meet the team
Dr Richard Perry, consultant neurologist
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
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.
Sophie Craven, clinical nurse specialist and trial coordinator
Sophie is a registered nurse who joined the Imperial Memory Unit (IMU) in June 2019. This is Sophie’s first research position having previously worked with people with cognitive impairment for the last 14 years. As a qualified nurse, Sophie has worked in the community and acutely and has taken part in clinical assessments of dementia in people with learning disabilities. Sophie carries out the nursing tasks for a number of clinical trials taking place at IMU and doing some study co-ordination.
Ciara Madden, clinical nurse specialist and trial coordinator
Ciara has a BA (Hons) in psychology as well as completing an MSc in counselling and psychotherapy. After completing her masters she went on to work in the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, where she worked with the Lothian Birth Cohort Study while completing an MSc in Psychology. She worked for two years at the Centre for Dementia Prevention in Edinburgh where she performed a variety of specialist neuropsychological assessments on a number of trials focused on memory problems. Ciara is now working as a research coordinator at the IMU where she coordinates a number of trials, while also performing neuropsychological assessments and providing training in assessment administration.
Amandeep Virk, clinical nurse specialist and trial coordinator
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.
Weronika Piekarska, clinical nurse specialist and trial coordinator
Weronika holds a BSc in psychology and an MSc in social and applied psychology from the University of Kent. She has joined the IMU team in June 2018 as a research support officer. Weronika has previously worked with mental health service users on an inpatient unit. Weronika currently works as a research assistant, coordinating clinical trials and facilitating participant recruitment.
Philippa McDermid, clinical nurse specialist and trial coordinator
Philippa has a BSc in psychological sciences along with a postgraduate certificate in human resource management. Before joining the IMU team, Philippa had worked as a dispensary technician for seven years in community pharmacy and nursing homes. On top of this, she worked as the business administration coordinator and medical receptionist at a medical practice in Australia. Philippa joined the IMU as the research support officer in July 2019 and is currently responsible for providing administration and research support to the team and liaising with patients and other teams within the hospital when required.
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