Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has visited the University of Stirling to hear about its work on ageing and dementia.
In his role as Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Japan, Dean was given a tour of the University’s Dementia Services Development Centre and given a detailed overview of the University’s collaborative work on ageing and dementia, involving Japanese partners.
The MSP, who was welcomed to the campus by Deputy Principal (Research) Professor Judith Phillips and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Alison Bowes, was also given an update of the progress of projects funded through the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal.
The University is a leading centre of expertise in ageing and dementia research, with researchers working closely with policymakers and practitioners to develop cutting-edge solutions to encourage independence and wellbeing in older age.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’It was a pleasure to visit the University of Stirling today in my role as Convener of the Cross Party Group on Japan to find out more about its work on dementia and ageing and links to Japan.
‘’Japan has one of the most rapidly-ageing societies in the world and so the research excellence which the University has in this area is a clear example of how stronger Scottish-Japanese relations can be strengthened for the benefit of all.
‘’I look forward to further dialogue with the University in a number of areas relating to Scottish-Japanese relations.