Gary Cornelius

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Department of Computer & Information Sciences (CIS)
University of Strathclyde, Livingstone Tower, 26 Richmond Street Glasgow G1 1XH

Research Interests Dementia, healthy aging, brain health, social care, telehealth and health monitoring. Health informatics, IoT, medical devices, and digital application development.

Biographical statement Gary is a PhD student in Computer and Information Science at the University of Strathclyde, faculty on MSc Applied Health Informatics at Fordham University and founder of Rapport Network Community Interest Company. He is a health informatics and information systems engineering professional with over twenty-five years development and consultancy expertise gained across professional services and product engineering. Gary previously worked in various health technology businesses. Before Glasgow, Scotland he lived and worked in various organisations based in England and the US. In his free time Gary enjoys spending time with his family and pets, making things (usually involving small microprocessors and sensors) and outdoor activities/pursuits.

Dementia research

Gary works on research in Dementia health and care technology. He is working on a systematic review of telehealth solutions and assistive technology. This research will be used as the basis for further development of better digital tools to help prevent or modify disease. The research involves working with people with Dementia, their circle-of-care and health professionals.

Dementia is one of the most common causes of death worldwide and was reported as the leading cause of death in some countries with advanced economies and higher life expectancy such as in England (Alzheimers Research UK, 2021). Over 55 million people live with Dementia worldwide (WHO, 2023). Age, genetics and lifestyle are the biggest factors contributing to someone's risk of developing a Dementia related disease. Wherever there is a growing proportion of older people there is also a declining proportion of working age care professionals to support them and many countries find it hard to cope with such demands. In 2023 Japan, the country with the world's second highest proportion of people over aged 65, the prime minister Mr. Fumio Kishida commented to lawmakers, "Japan is standing on the verge of weather we can continue to function as a society".

Up to now, most of the current academic research has been focused on medical pathology, biomarkers and support for the pharmaceutical industry, aiming to develop new patentable and often expensive drugs. There has also been research interest from many governments seeking to save money on specific societal areas such as expensive emergency services, nursing care and institutional care. However, these are only a subset of the things that could possibly help someone with Dementia and their circle-of-care. Therefore, new research is needed into a much wider range of symptom and disease modifications that people can do independently to help with dementia prevention and/or the management of symptoms. People living with dementia also generally need solutions that are much more person-centred than the generic options currently available, something precisely tailored to their individual needs to enable them to live more independently with an increased quality of life and better outcomes.

It is estimated as many as 22 million people ("40% of worldwide dementias" as reported in Lancet, 2020) have a preventable form of Dementia related disease. The disease path for these, if detected early, could have been modified by self-managed activities such as sleeping better, better nutrition, more exercise of body/brain etc. It is clear we need to research much more about how to identify disease earlier and why currently "98% of people have room for improvement" ( Alzheimers Research UK, 2023) in these sorts of activities which evidence suggests will reduce risk or delay dementia related disease. We also need to share this knowledge and guidance with some the 78 million people (WHO, 2023) expected to develop dementia in 2030. Many of those people today who will go on to develop disease in 2030 will have markers of the disease now and there is far more potential to help people the earlier they are in their journey with a Dementia realted disease. Ideally we should be doing most with people in their 40s or 50s to have the biggest impact which c modifications and improvements which can change their future outcomes. Gary hopes his research will help people learn and implement strategies for these modifications, but it is not enough to read science and work with focus groups alone to facilitate this. To get good result he needs help from you...

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