Two of ARC Wessex research themes have welcomed new leaders.
Dr Stephen Lim has taken over the Ageing and Dementia theme in place of Professor Jackie Bridges who is to focus on her national Ageing, Dementia and Frailty priority work.
Dr Stephen Lim took over the role from October 1st. Steve has been actively involved in the ARC’s Ageing & Dementia Theme since its beginning and, more latterly, as the sub theme lead for multi-morbidity. Steve is a Principal Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. His research interests are in physical activity, nutrition, deconditioning and sarcopenia. Steve was the Principal Investigator for the ARC’s ImPACtstudy which focused on improving physical activity of older people in the community. He is also on the team for two other ARC Studies: IDA (implementing a digital physical activity intervention for older adults) and OLA (understanding the psychosocial needs and trajectories of older adults (>64 years) with alcohol use disorder (AUD) from hospital back into the community).
Professor Michael Boniface has taken over the lead for the Workforce and Health Systems theme from Professor Peter Griffiths.
Michael is a Professorial Fellow of Information Technology and Director of the IT Innovation Centre within the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton. He is an Associate Director of the Web Science Institute, Deputy Director of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub, co-investigator for the Southampton Biomedical Research Centre Data Health and Society theme.
Philippa Darnton is to take the lead for Implementation following the departure of Dr David Kryl to a new role in Dublin.