Professor Richard Walker has been a consultant physician with an interest in healthcare of the elderly at North Tyneside General Hospital since 1995. He is the clinical lead for the Northumbria Parkinson’s disease service, which had 3 mentions in the Good Practice Guidelines for the National Service Framework on Chronic Neurological Conditions (March 2005), and was runner up for the Hospital Service Journal Awards 2005 (patient access category) and the Hospital Doctor Awards 2007(PD team category). His research interests in Parkinson’s disease include epidemiology, falls, service development, psychiatric symptoms, palliative care, bladder problems and Africa. In relation to DeNDRoN he is on the National Clinical Studies Group for PD, and is the north-east Local Research Network NHS representative for PD. He is also secondary care representative on the Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Comprehensive Local Research Network. He also has a research interest in stroke in sub-Saharan Africa and was awarded his MD Thesis , “The risk factors and outcome for stroke in The Gambia, West Africa”, in 2002. He is the clinical lead for the Northumbria/Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre health link. He became Honorary Professor of Ageing and International health at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University in 2009.