The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) presents a new Debate Series beginning 16 February 2022 with the topic . Physical or pharmacological restraints and measures in agitation, aggression and related situations
The idea of this new Debate is to
expose and share different points of view regarding the assistance of our
elderly population with cognitive and behavioral symptoms, from several
perspectives, "confronting" psychopharmacology and drug utilization,
compared with the use of non-pharmacological methods, hearing different
opinions and positions from the panelists, trying to establish better
treatment options in an interactive and interdisciplinary meeting.
Ricardo Iacub is a psychologist and doctor in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires. He is Professor of Psychology of Aging and Old Age and Director of the Postgraduate Psychology of Aging, both at the University of Buenos Aires.
He is a Visiting Professor at numerous American and European universities and researcher on issues of Identity, sexuality and aging. He has written more than 10 books on Psychogerontology and has published numerous papers in Research Journals. He is also a Clinical Psychologist and is currently a manager in a Public Institution for attention to violence against the elderly.
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, FGSA, FAAN
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, an applied research sociologist, is the dean of
the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her research on
developing, evaluating and implementing novel home and community-based
interventions that improve quality of life of persons with dementia and
their family caregivers, enhance daily function of older adults with
disability and address mental health disparities.
In all of her research, Dr Gitlin applies a social ecological perspective and
person—family-directed approach to examine, intervene and support
individuals. Her efforts involve collaborating with community
organizations, health and human service professionals and other
stakeholders to maximize the relevance and impact of such interventions.
She is also involved in translating, disseminating and implementing
proven programs for delivery in diverse practice settings globally and
in the United States. Dr Gitlin recently co-chaired the first national effort to develop and
implement the first National Research Summit on Care and Services for
Persons Living with Dementia and their Caregivers. She is also a recent
appointee to the medical advisory board, Alzheimer’s Association and
member of the international Lancet Commission on dementia care.
Benjamin M. Hampstead, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Dr. Hampstead is a
board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist who earned his PhD in Clinical
Psychology (Neuropsychology emphasis) from Drexel University. He is the Stanley
Berent, Ph.D., Collegiate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the
University of Michigan and Staff Neuropsychologist in the VA Ann Arbor
Healthcare System. He serves as the Clinical Core Leader and Neuroimaging Core
Co-Leader of the NIA P30 funded Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Dr. Hampstead’s research focuses on non-pharmacologic approaches to maximize
functioning in older adults across the dementia spectrum. Specifically, he uses
cognition-oriented treatments and non-invasive brain stimulation to enhance cognition,
emotion, and everyday functioning. Dr. Hampstead integrates these techniques
with functional and structural neuroimaging in order to predict treatment
response, identify the neuroplastic changes following treatment, and
plan/develop new interventions. Ongoing work integrates amyloid and tau
positron emission tomography (PET) in order to better characterize participant
characteristics associated with treatment response. He has maintained
continuous federal funding for his work since earning his doctorate (15+
years), with most support from the Department of Veterans Affairs and National
Institute on Aging.
Oliver S. Soriano, RGN/ RMN
Oliver Soriano currently works as the Associate Director of Nursing of
the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has a dedicated
professional nursing career for the past 29 years and has been working
in the NHS – United Kingdom for the past 23 years. Oliver finished his
BSc degree in Nursing at the United Doctors Medical Centre – College of
Nursing (Philippines) in 1992, and has volunteered as Safety Instructor
at the Philippine National Red Cross- NHQ and worked as clinical
instructor in Centro Escolar University and Far Eastern University prior
to moving to the UK.
He is a dual registered nurse (RGN/RMN) in the UK, after completing his
mental health nursing degree at Kings College London in 2001. Oliver is currently the interim Chairperson/President of the Philippine
Nurses Association UK and an advisory board member for the charity
organisation Filipino Unite.