Consultant's tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett

Dr Ben Underwood, who is co-ordinating CPFT's clinical trials into dementia, hails author's impact

Consultant's tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett
12 March 2015

A consultant psychiatrist at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust who is co-ordinating dementia research trials has paid tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett following the author's death.

Dr Ben Underwood said Sir Terry was an "inspiration".

The creator of the Discworld series died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Ben said: "Sir Terry Pratchett was an inspiration. He stood up and discussed his diagnosis.

"At the time, when he was first diagnosed, that was a very brave thing to do, but it made it ok to talk about it, and showed to others with dementia-related conditions that they don't just affect older people, they can affect anyone.

"But he also showed through his writing, and his campaigning, that people with similar conditions can continue to live a life."

Ben is currently co-ordinating dementia research trials involving more than 200 people from across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Conducted by experts from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University, the trials – if successful - could lead to major breakthroughs in the understanding, prevention and treatment of dementia within five years.

For more on Ben's work, click here.

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Andy Burrows
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E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 726767

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