Emma Healey 

United Kingdom

Emma Healey is a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA and the author of Elizabeth is Missing, a novel narrated by a protagonist living with dementia.

The book written by Emma Healey was inspired by family members, and undertaken in order to explore the feelings and realities of those living with the condition. It won the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, a Betty Trask Award, the 2015 Premio Salerno Libro d’Europa, and is recommended to carers and trainee health workers in the UK.

The first ministerial WHO conference on global action against dementia in 2015 stated, "We need to invest more in research to develop a drug, but also to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and the support of their caregivers."

For complex challenges an interdisciplinary synthesis can be more important and more relevant than technical and disciplinary expertise. Global problems require an international synthesis.

Joost Van Meerbeeck

Co-Chair LIAS/LIAS Foundation