Dr Helen Rochford-Brennan
Helen Rochford-Brennan is a Global Dementia Ambassador, former Chair, and currently Vice Chair, of the Irish Dementia Working Group; and currently a member, (formerly Chairperson), of the European Working Group of People with Dementia and its nominee to the Board of Alzheimer Europe.
Helen sits on the Monitoring Committee of Ireland’s first National Dementia Strategy and is a panel member of multiple advisory groups in Ireland and Europe.
Throughout Helen’s time with these organisations, she has campaigned to raise awareness of dementia through a rights-based approach, including through the media, speaking at international conferences, engaging with pharmaceutical companies, scientists, clinicians, educators, students and through participation on various research projects, including those focusing on developing evidence-based diagnosis, palliative care, rural isolation and, more recently, living during the Covid lockdown. Helen strongly believes in the primacy of Public-Patient Involvement. She has contributed to several books and documentaries about dementia, and has received several awards for her advocacy work, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the National University of Ireland Galway for her work on the Rights of People with Dementia.