The LAUGH project is an international collaboration with researchers at the University of Technology Sydney and Birmingham City University, and is led by Professor Cathy Treadaway from CARIAD, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The research is partnered by Gwalia Cyf, one of the largest providers of residential social care in Wales, and brings together people with dementia, their carers and a range of health professionals, technologist and designers.  The work is also supported by the leading charities in the field: Age Cymru- My Home Life, Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Positive.

 

The LAUGH research team

 

Prof.CTreadaway3Prof. Cathy Treadaway: Cardiff School of Art & Design

Cathy is Professor of Creative Practice at Cardiff School of Art and Design and was one of the founding members of CARIAD.  She is visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bath and Visiting Scholar at University of Technology Sydney.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Cathy is Principal Investigator on the LAUGH project.  READ MORE

 

 

Jac photo2 websiteDr Jac Fennell: Cardiff School of Art & Design

Jac is Research Assistant on the LAUGH project.  She holds an MA in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art and a PhD from Goldsmiths that explored how design could support unexpected and involuntary reminiscing.  READ MORE

 

 

9b35886ea7ba93b4effddb4bbe65ebf5 Prof. Andrew Walters: PDR

Andy is Co Investigator on the LAUGH project and was one of the founding members of PDR’s User-Centric Design Group (UCD).  CARIAD presents him with an opportunity to explore new tools and techniques for designing with people, and investigate the impact of such methodologies in the commercial domain, specifically though the development of rehabilitation products.  READ MORE

 

 

Gail-KenningDr Gail Kenning: University of Technology, Australia

Gail is an artist, researcher and educator. She is an Honorary Reader in Design for Ageing and Dementia at CARIAD, a Research Associate at University of Technology Sydney and Co Investigator International on the LAUGH project.  Her research is concerned with art and creativity in relation to digital media, craft, expanded textiles, health, wellbeing, ageing and dementia. READ MORE

 

 

daivdDr David Prytherch: Birmingham City University, UK

David is Senior Research Fellow in Haptics and Computer Interface Design at Birmingham City University.  He supervises a small research team investigating certain non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia based on perceptual theories of ‘Intrinsic Haptic Reward’ and neuro-cognitive calming, a meditative approach to tactual activity.  David is Co Investigator on the LAUGH project.   READ MORE