Members of the University of Stirling’s Dementia and Ageing Research Group (DARG) involved in the UK-Japan Network project, including: Prof Alison Bowes, Prof Judith Philips, Prof Alasdair Rutherford, Dr Alison Dawson, Dr Vikki McCall, Dr Melanie Lovatt, Dr Grant Gibson, Lesley Palmer, and Dr Martin Quirke, attended the network’s second workshop, held at Keio University in Tokyo, 3-4 October 2019.
Stirling’s UK-Japan Network Early Career Fellows (Melanie Lovatt, Grant Gibson) remained after the workshop for a two-week ‘Early Career Researcher’ programme arranged by Japanese members of the network. Melanie reported that both her and Grant were ‘going on interesting site visits, attending useful meetings, and hopefully laying the foundations for future cross-country projects’.
Lesley Palmer and Martin Quirke combined attendance at the Network Workshop in Tokyo with a programme of meetings and presentations to discuss the work of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC). In particular, they were focusing on evidence-based design of supportive and enabling living environments for people with dementia, with different Japanese commercial partners and other audiences. As part of this programme, Lesley addressed a prestigious ‘Breakfast Meeting’ organised by the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) on ‘Dementia and design’ on 3 October 2019.
A number of Stirling’s network members were still based in Tokyo when Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan on Saturday 12 October and thankfully all are safe.