The 12 Months of Dementia Research 2018
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – a time for celebration, and a time of reflection. 2018 has been an eventful year for dementia research, so for the festive season we’re highlighting one big moment for each of the past 12 months.
The year got off to a great start when executives from leading mental health organisations in the North West of England signed up to Join Dementia Research and expressed their support.
On 24 February 2018, we celebrated 3 years since Join Dementia Research was first launched. In that time, over 32,000 volunteers in the UK were able to register their interest in dementia research using the service.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) launched a new website and online network, to encourage and support emerging dementia research talent in the early stage of their careers.
On 17 April 2018, dementia experts gathered to discuss how the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 is going to be delivered. One of the aims is for 10% of people with dementia in the UK to take part in research through Join Dementia Research.
Dementia Action Week ran from 21 – 27 May 2018. Dementia organisations including Join Dementia Research campaigned to highlight that awareness of dementia is no longer enough – we need everyone to take action to help make the UK a better place to live with dementia.
New guidelines released by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said health and social care professionals should provide information about research to all people with dementia. Spreading the word about Join Dementia Research is an ideal way to do this.
We were delighted when July saw us pass a major milestone – over 10,000 volunteers have now taken part in studies through Join Dementia Research. Thank you so much to everyone who has got involved. The more researchers and volunteers we bring together, the more studies can make a difference to people with dementia.
In August we launched a great new training system for all researchers who use Join Dementia Research to recruit to their studies. This interactive e-learning makes it easier than ever before for researchers to quickly get to grips with all aspects of the service, so that they can use it as efficiently and effectively as possible.
September was World Alzheimer’s Month, and we wanted to raise awareness of Join Dementia Research. To do this, we encouraged people to spread the word about the service on social media using the hashtag #PassItOn.
In October the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) launched a series of videos called #DementiaResearchMatters. Over a series of seven video interviews, researchers explained how dementia research makes a difference.
Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, was among lawmakers who joined the Join Dementia Research team in Parliament on Wednesday 14 November 2018 to support more people getting involved in dementia research. We were delighted to have so many MPs and peers express their support for Join Dementia Research.
Best wishes for the season and the new year from all of us at Join Dementia Research! We look forward to discovering what dementia research moments lie ahead in 2019.