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Jacqui Cannon – Join Dementia Research Champion

27 December 2016

Jacqui Cannon, Join Dementia Research Champion

A vital part of Join Dementia Research is our network of Champions who promote and publicise the service in their local area. The Champions are made up of people from around the UK, with and without memory problems, who care about dementia research, and want to play a role in accelerating progress. One of these […]

Opening hours during the holiday season

19 December 2016

Please note during the holiday season, the helpdesks and office team will be running a reduced service between 23rd December and 3rd January. Please see opening hours below. Any email enquiries received during this time will be replied to as soon as possible in the new year. Thank you in advance for your patience.  

2016: A Year in Dementia Research


As the year draws to a close we’ve been reflecting on how much can happen in 12 months. World events aside, there’s been plenty of news about dementia research. Every step we take will hopefully bring us closer to better ways to prevent, treat and care for people with dementia.   Back in February we […]

Creating a culture of involvement for the UK Dementia Research Institute

15 December 2016

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This blog was originally featured on the Alzheimer’s Society blog. Announced today, Professor Bart De Strooper has been selected from a competitive pool of international candidates to lead the UK’s first Dementia Research Institute (DRI). People living with dementia and carers from the founding charity networks supported the recruitment process, demonstrating a commitment to involving […]

The SENSE-Cog Field trial

13 December 2016

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Recent evidence has found that older adults living with both dementia and sensory impairment experience a number of issues that affect their quality of life. These include; an increased sense of disorientation, difficulty locating themselves using visual and auditory cues, greater levels of distress leading to agitation and aggression, an increased prevalence of hallucinations, delusions […]

Dementia Related Manual for Sleep; Strategies for Relatives (DREAMS START) study

6 December 2016

Gill Livingston, Chief Investigator on this study

Sleep problems are common in people living with dementia, with around 40% of people living with dementia experiencing sleep disturbance. These include reduced night time sleep, night time wandering, and excessive daytime napping. Sleep problems can disrupt the sleep of other members of the family. However, there are currently no treatments that consistently improve sleep […]

What dementia research studies are taking place in Scotland?

30 November 2016

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On this St Andrew’s Day 2016, we look at some of the studies on Join Dementia Research that are currently recruiting in Scotland. The RADAR study is a ground-breaking clinical trial examining how a commonly used blood pressure drug called losartan could slow down the rate of progression in Alzheimer’s disease. The study is testing […]

Disappointment as major Alzheimer’s drug trial fails, but we can’t give up hope

25 November 2016

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This blog was originally featured on the Alzheimer’s Society website. Following promising news last summer, there was a great deal of hope that a new drug called solanezumab would be the first to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Today, results from a key clinical trial disappointingly showed that the drug didn’t have any […]

Care for people with Dementia given by Relatives at the End of life: The CADRE Study

23 November 2016

Dr Nathan Davies, researcher on this study

Around two thirds of people with dementia live in the community with the majority of their care provided by friends or family. Previous evidence suggests that family carers have a variety of support needs which differ throughout the different stages of dementia. These support needs are often not met, including practical as well as emotional […]

Join Dementia Research newsletter – Autumn 2016

21 November 2016


The Autumn 2016 edition of the Join Dementia Research newsletter is now out and has been emailed or put in the post to all subscribed Join Dementia Research volunteers. This edition features a Join Dementia Research survey, a series of study profiles and an interview with some of our vital helpdesk staff. If you are not […]

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