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New NIHR Dementia Researcher website

  Created on Friday, 23 Mar 2018. Posted in Dementia

Despite dementia being one the biggest global health challenges we face – five times fewer researchers choose to work in dementia than cancer. A key objective of the new website is around addressing this issue by encouraging and supporting emerging talent to get involved in dementia research.

The website, developed by the office of the National Director for Dementia Research, provides a variety of support and resources for early career researchers – covering everything from jobs and funding opportunities, how to produce grant proposals, opportunities to ‘ask a dementia expert’, and a range of podcasts.

The site also features an online community – helping early career researchers to stay in touch or collaborate with their peers, share ideas and best practice, or network through the website’s forum and messenger service.


September is World Alzheimer's Month

  Created on Thursday, 07 Sep 2017. Posted in Dementia

Each week throughout September a new NIHR campaign will be focusing on a different theme around dementia research.

  • Week one: Types of research - it's not all drugs trials
  • Week two: The research pathway (and why it takes so long)
  • Week three: Access to investigational drugs
  • Week four: Research into rarer dementia types - with a focus on frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
  • Week five: Ways to engage in research

New content will be added through out the month so keep having a look!


Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers

  Created on Tuesday, 09 Aug 2016. Posted in Toolkit/Database | Dementia

The Dementia Evidence Toolkit brings together more than 3,000 journal articles and 700 reviews of research studies on dementia care and treatment in one place.

Dementia toolkit to help patients, carers and healthcare workers

The aim is to make all this information publicly available in a form that is clear and easy to understand for dementia patients, their families and unpaid carers as well as for staff working in health and social care. It will also benefit academics and those involved in decision-making both locally and nationally.  


The Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project (Deep) Guide to Involving people with dementia as members of steering or advisory groups

  Created on Tuesday, 10 May 2016. Posted in Dementia

This new guide to Involving people with dementia as members of steering or advisory groups has been co-produced with people with dementia and will be updated regularly throughout the project. The guide offers suggestions for adjustments that organisations can make.


Lack of dementia specialists threatens research progress

  Created on Tuesday, 06 Oct 2015. Posted in Literature | Dementia

The RAND Europe report takes a comprehansive review of the UK dementia research landscape and has found that too few researchers are choosing a career in dementia, with five times more people working choosing to work on cancer. Of those that do complete a PhD in dementia, retention in the field is poor with 70 per cent leaving the field within four years. 

There is also a critical lack of people from care and clinical professions focusing on dementia research, which is likely to stifle innovation and progress in these sectors. Less than two per cent of the top 200 most prolific UK dementia researchers specialise in social care and social work, even though people with dementia are one of the biggest user of adult social care.

Many of the career challenges facing academic, clinicial and care dementia researchers are outlined in the report, as well as ten recommendations for developing a strong and sustainable dementia research community.