Welcome to our A-Z of Dementia Research.

Each day until Christmas, we’ll open a door on the ‘Join dementia research’ advent calendar and explain the most important terms and topics that surround dementia research.


a-z of dementia researchA for “Alzheimer’s disease”

Most people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, but did you know there are many other types of #dementia? Find out more here

B for “Biomarkers”

We need to find markers for use in clinical trials to find drugs that can prevent dementia. 

C for our Champions 

Our champions are vital in helping us spread the word about the importance of dementia research.

a-z of dementia researchD for “drugs”.

Thanks to research, there are four drugs available to treat some dementia symptoms. Register with Join Dementia Research to help researchers finding new and better treatments.

E for “early diagnosis”

Early diagnosis gives an opportunity to change the trajectory of the disease.

F for “family and friends”

The role of family and friends is crucial. It’s estimated 700k people are informal carer for people living with dementia.

A-Z of dementia researchG for “Global”

Today, almost 50 million people live with dementia worldwide.

H for “hope”

H stands for “Hope“, because research brings hope to people living with dementia.

I for “Involvement”

Patients and public involvement in research is essential if we are to find new and better ways to treat and live with dementia.

A-Z of dementia researchJ for “Join Dementia Research”

Sign up to Join Dementia Research to be matched to suitable studies and accelerate dementia research.

K for “Knowledge”

It’s important to share research findings. Doing it means that good research evidence can be put at the heart of health and social care decisions.

L for “Lifestyle”

Did you know that some lifestyle factors could affect the risk of you developing dementia?

M for “MCI (mild cognitive impairment)”

A-Z of Dementia research Christmas campaignM stands for “MCI (mild cognitive impairment), a condition in which someone has minor problems with abilities such as memory or thinking.

N for “NIHR”

The NIHR is the most integrated clinical research system in the world, driving research forward for the benefit of patients.

O for “opportunities”

O stands for “opportunities, like the ones that Join Dementia Research will give you to take part in new dementia studies.

P for “partnership”

Working together and sharing research findings will give us the best chance of beating dementia.