Dr Daniel Blackburn

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Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), The University of Sheffield

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Daniel completed his undergraduate medical degree in Liverpool in 1998 and did his medical training in London. He has worked as a neurology SpR in Singapore and Nottingham prior to joining the University of Sheffield as a PhD student in 2005. Daniel worked as a clinical lecturer in Neurology from 2010-2013 and has recently taken up a consultant neurology post. his main subspecialty interest is in dementia.

He is a co-applicant on a NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme: PB-PG-0211-24079 – Using Conversation Analysis in the Differential Diagnosis of Memory Problems: a pilot study is using the technique of conversational analysis to explore how people with and without an organic memory disorder describe their subjective memory complaint. This work is being led by Professor Markus Reuber, who has used this technique in the field of epilepsy and non-epileptic attacks. They have noticed a change over the last 5 -8 years in the working age memory clinic in that we see more people who do not have dementia presenting with memory concerns. Functional neurological symptoms are physical signs of emotional or psychological distress and they are exploring what might cause someone to present with memory problems.

Daniel is also interested in how people are referred to the memory clinic and what information is given to them and how they use it.