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Dr Sam Creavin from the Centre for Academic Primary Care in Bristol has been named Junior Champion in Research in the Vasco da Gama Movement Junior Researcher Award for his work on the diagnosis of memory loss in general practice.

The Vasco da Gama Movement Junior Researcher Award promotes junior GP/FM doctors who combine research skills with patient care as a life time career. It is awarded for outstanding research proposals and the careers of researchers with up to five years working experience after graduation. 

Diagnosing dementia is something that GPs find difficult, but are increasingly being asked to do" 
- Dr Sam Creavin

"Our work aims to identify if it is feasible for GPs to diagnose dementia, in some people, without involving a specialist. We hope to identify a more evidence-based approach for GP diagnosis of dementia and a more streamlined diagnostic pathway for patients and families" said Dr Creavin.

The UK selection panel assessed the UK submissions and they were then reviewed by an international panel who evaluated submissions from 11 countries. They selected Sam as one of three winners for the the final at the WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) conference in Lisbon in July. 

TimeLi: Towards improving the diagnosis of dementia in general practice

Contact: Sam.Creavin@bristol.ac.uk