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Kieren joined the CIS department in 2018. His particular research interest is in non-communicable disease including dementia, ageing populations, mental health alongside the potential role of digital health in future healthcare. His PhD work involved a systematic review of candidate dementia interventions with the CAMARADES group at the University of Edinburgh (http://www.dcn.ed.ac.uk/camarades/default.htm) and derived a number of evidence based reasons as to why candidate interventions do not always succeed in clinical trials. 

Upon finishing his PhD, he was seconded for a temporary position with the World Health Organization (WHO), where he was subsequently invited to continue full time. During this time at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, his central task was themed on the design of an Internet-based intervention to connect and empower caregivers of people with dementia (https://www.isupportfordementia.org/en). Other tasks included: focus group studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses across mental health and substance abuse disorders, some of which led to the development of WHO guidelines.

After a research fellow post at the University of Surrey which provided substantial epidemiological field and publishing experience through admixed cohort study in Brazil, his subsequent fellowship position continued his research interest in technology and dementia through the, ‘Technology Integrated Healthcare Management’ study (http://www.sabp.nhs.uk/tihm). To date he has 25 peer-reviewed publications, which have led to over 1,000 citations. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Dementia
  • Technology
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • person-centred
  • public health
  • Mental health
  • systematic reviews
  • meta analyses
  • Digital health


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