Scientific Advisory Committee

Thomas ScharfThomas Scharf is Chair of the committee. He is Professor of Social Gerontology and Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway, Ireland. He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and has recently been a Visiting Professor at the universities of Manchester, Keele and Vienna.

Tom’s research addresses issues relating to social inclusion and exclusion in later life, often with a focus on the spaces and places in which inclusion and exclusion arise. His most recent book is From Exclusion to Inclusion in Old Age: A Global Challenge (2012, co-edited with Norah Keating and published by The Policy Press).

Christine MilliganChristine Milligan is a professor and social geographer from Lancaster University. She is Director of the Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University.

Jean GeorgesJean Georges is the Executive Director of Alzheimer Europe. Before joining the organisation on 1 November 1996, he worked as a journalist and as a parliamentary assistant to members of the Luxembourg and European Parliament. His main duties in Alzheimer Europe include:

  • support of the Board
  • liaison with the member organisations and other European umbrella organisations
  • personnel and financial issues
  • fundraising
  • overall project management of the various projects of the organisation

Agnes HoustonAgnes Houston was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Dementia in 2006 at the age of 57.

She is an active member of the Scottish Dementia Working Group. In 2012 she was elected vice chair of the European Working Group Person with Dementia and is also a board member of the newly formed Dementia Alliance International.

She has campaigned for best practice and improving lives of people with dementia especially sensory issues and Dementia in Scotland and received a lifetime achievement award by Alzheimer Scotland in 2013. In 2015, she was awarded an MBE.

Myrra Vernooij-DassenMyrra Vernooij-Dassen (PhD) is professor in psychosocial care for frail elderly people. She is affiliated to the Scientific Institute of Quality of Healthcare. She is chair of Interdem, a pan-European research group on detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia and is honorary visiting professor of the School of Health of Bradford University and the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Joint Programming Initiative for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Myrra Vernooij received the Dutch royal honor to be promoted to officer in the order of Orange-Nassau.