Iracema Leroi is a Professor of later life psychiatry in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychiatry at the University of Manchester, as well as honorary consultant in older adult psychiatry. She is also the Dementia Director for the neurodegenerative research network DeNDRoN (Greater Manchester).
Iracema has a special interest in the mental health of patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), behavioural disturbances in dementia, and clinical trials for dementia. Her interest in this area started during a 2-year neuropsychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. She subsequently joined the Hopkins faculty as Assistant Professor and undertook studies in dementia in PD and the neuropsychiatric aspects of neurodegenerative movement disorders.
In 2002, she moved to Manchester and joined Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. Iracema lectures with the British Geriatric Society’s PD Academy and was a deputy mental health representative on the NICE guidelines committee for PD. She was awarded a senior research fellowship with the PD Society to study the neural and clinical correlates of disorders of reward and motivation in PD.