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Dr Iain Lang

Senior Lecturer in Public Health

Kath Maguire

I am a Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Associate Dean (International & Development) at the University of Exeter Medical School.

I moved to Exeter in 2005 and trained in Public Health in the NHS South West Public Health Training Scheme. From 2010 I worked in a split service-academic role based partly in in Devon PCT/Devon County Council and took up a Senior Lectureship at UEMS in 2016. From 2014 to 2017 I was an NIHR Knowledge Mobilisation Research Fellow.

Much of my research deals with issues of knowledge mobilisation and implementation science. Substantively, I am interested in health in later life and particularly in dementia and frailty. In my role as Associate Dean (International & Development) I am responsible for leading UEMS’s work on internationalization, including international research partnerships and global reputation, and for philanthropy and fundraising.

I work on knowledge mobilisation and implementation science centres on how knowledge is used, or not used, in different settings. This includes healthcare organisations, residential care settings (care homes and nursing homes for older adults), third-sector organisations, and in policing. I am interested in how behavioral and social-scientific approaches can be combined in ensuring that knowledge is used appropriately and effectively; in ensuring that efforts to change behavior in organisations take into account decision-making not only at the level of the individual but include teams, departments, organisations, and systems; and in including implementation science at all stages of the research process from question identification through the conduct of primary research and into evidence synthesis and into impact.

My work on implementation science and knowledge mobilisation includes qualitative work in care homes and with commissioners of dementia services and quantitative work on the effects of exposure to health interventions and potentially harmful health behaviours such as alcohol. I also conduct systematic reviews on related topics.


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Contact by phone
01392 726087

Areas of expertise
Public Health, Implementation, Dementia, Older People's Health

External links
LKD: Adventures in Knowledge Mobilisation blog


The Patient Safety Collaborative Evaluation Study (PiSCES)

End of Life Advance Care Planning Study (ELAPS)

Health Care Quality for an Active Later Life

Vitamin D and Cognitive Health: the DCog Project

Volunteering for Health

Physical Activity in Older Adults

Antipsychotic prescribing in people with dementia resident in care homes

PenCHORD - DECODE: Modelling the impact of a dementia triage system on Exeter memory clinic waiting times

SW AHSN/PenCLAHRC Project - Analysing implementation in Acute Stroke and Patient Initiated Clinics (ASPIC)

ExPERT - Exeter Policing, Evidence and Research Translation

PenCHORD- Evaluation of the PenCHORD Health Service Modelling Associates programme (EmMA)

Dissemination and implementation in dementia care

Social Prescribing - Effective Mechanisms for Social Prescribing

The Care Home Implementation and Knowledge Mobilisation Project (CHIK-P)

The Exeter Care Homes and Knowledge (ExCHANGE) Collaboration


Variation in childhood and adolescent obesity prevalence defined by international and country-specific criteria in England and the United States

Common health predictors of early retirement: findings from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Baby boomers nearing retirement: the healthiest generation?

The case for addressing explosive weapons: Conflict, violence and health

Vitamin D and risk of cognitive decline in elderly persons

Depression among older adults in the United States and England

Vitamin D and cognitive impairment in the elderly US population

Income and the midlife peak in common mental disorder prevalence

Vitamin D, cognitive dysfunction and dementia in older adults

Vitamin D and cognitive function

Cost-effectiveness of oromucosal cannabis-based medicine (Sativex) for spasticity in multiple sclerosis

Association of Bisphenol A With Diabetes and Other Abnormalities

Improving later life. Understanding the oldest old

The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice (3rd edition)

The influence of problematic child-teacher relationships on future psychiatric disorder in a population survey with three year follow up

Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease

Interventions to reduce inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications in people with dementia resident in care homes: a systematic review

Economic inequalities in burden of illness, diagnosis and treatment of five long-term conditions in England: panel study

Association of Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration With Medical Disorders and Laboratory Abnormalities in Adults

Knowledge, knowledge mobilisation and the third sector

History of alcohol use disorders and risk of severe cognitive impairment: A nineteen-year prospective cohort study

Serum Leptin and Risk of Cognitive Decline in Elderly Italians

Editorial: Avoiding Depression, Dementia and Frailty: Do You Feel Lucky?

Initiating discussion in end of life care: clinician's perspectives

“Thinking you’re old and frail”: A qualitative study of a frailty in older adults

Physiotherapeutic interventions for people with dementia and hip fracture - a scoping review of the literature

Alcohol and dementia: a complex relationship with potential for dementia prevention

Adherence to Mediterranean diet, cognitive function and dementia: a systematic review

Frailty, wealth and subjective well-being in later life

Relationship between perceptions of ageing and frailty in English older adults

The experiences of physiotherapists treating people with dementia who fracture their hip

Testing of a novel Valsalva Assist Device with supine and modified positions in health volunteers

Older adults’ perceptions of ageing and their health and functioning: a systematic review of observational studies

Variation in ambulance call rates for care homes in Torbay, UK

Dissemination and implementation research in dementia care: a systematic scoping review and evidence map

Making Sense of Evidence: Using Research Training to Promote Organisational Change

What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? A realist review

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery and dementia risk in the Cardiovascular Health Study

An implementation science perspective on deprescribing

What approaches to social prescribing work, for whom, and in what circumstances? A protocol for a realist review

Vitamin D and memory decline: two population-based prospective studies

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