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Professor Richard Walker

Associate international director for Sub-Saharan Africa

Professor 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 (PD) service with research interests in PD including epidemiology, palliative care, objective symptom assessment, pulmonary function, care homes and exercise. 

Richard also has a long standing research interest in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in sub-Saharan Africa including stroke, PD, epilepsy, hypertension and dementia. He is chair of the Movement Disorders Society’s African Task Force, and has delivered training courses on the effective management of PD in Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa. 

He is honorary Professor of Ageing and International Health at Newcastle University’s Institute of Health and Society, Clinical lead for the Northumbria/Tanzania Education link and has published more than 160 peer-review papers.