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Restrictions on communications during the pre-election period

5 June 2024

We are now in the pre-election period, prior to the upcoming general election on 4 July. As a Government-funded organisation, we are subject to Government guidelines and restrictions on communications and engagement activity over this period. Due to this, there will be a reduction in public communications, such as: Social media content  News stories  Newsletters […]

Brain stimulation study seeks participants with Alzheimer’s disease

17 May 2024

A new study is using small amounts of electricity to stimulate the brain in people with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease. The aim is to see if this can help keep the part of the brain which is responsible for memory active, whilst delaying symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The ‘Causal role of neural activity […]

New studies looking into the health and wellbeing of carers

10 May 2024

Family members or friends who care for people with dementia are being invited to take part in 2 new studies into their health and wellbeing through Join Dementia Research. Exploring the experiences and diets of family carers of persons with dementia The first study is exploring the diet of carers and how caring for a […]

Taking part in dementia research: John’s story

30 April 2024

After John Hyde was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia aged just 59, he had to retire from his job as a handyman. He immediately wanted to learn more about his condition and find ways to help others affected, so he signed up to Join Dementia Research. Frontotemporal dementia is a relatively uncommon form of dementia that […]

Study explores views on new technology to locate missing people with dementia

24 April 2024

Views on using face-matching technology and an online form to locate missing family members with dementia faster are being assessed in a new study. Those who have experienced a family member going missing are being invited to take part in the UCL Stay Safe study. The study is being led by University College London (UCL) […]

Virtual reality study aims to assess link between navigation and Alzheimer’s disease

19 April 2024

Healthy volunteers aged 40 and over are being invited to take part in a new study using virtual reality to assess how well people navigate their surroundings.  The idea is that this will help researchers spot early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  What does the study involve? In the first session participants will play a game […]

New study uses knowledge of birds to test memory

11 April 2024

A new study, which is using images of birds to gain a better understanding of how people build associations and knowledge in memory, is recruiting participants through Join Dementia Research. Understanding how long-term memory works Researchers on the University of Sheffield-led study want to find out how those with knowledge of birds in their long-term […]

Drug trial seeks participants with Lewy body dementia

27 March 2024

A drug trial aimed at treating memory and thinking problems in people with Lewy body dementia is recruiting participants through Join Dementia Research. The COmBining memantine And cholinesterase inhibitors in Lewy body dementia Treatment  (COBALT) trial is looking at whether giving an Alzheimer’s drug to people with Lewy body dementia can help improve their symptoms.  […]

Significant breakthroughs in dementia research

26 February 2024

As Join Dementia Research celebrates 9 years of matching volunteers to dementia studies, it is timely to reflect on the progress dementia research has made both with our help and more broadly in recent years. It is encouraging to know that at any one time, there are around 150 dementia research studies underway in the […]

Remembering Wendy Mitchell

23 February 2024

We would like to pay tribute to our friend Wendy Mitchell who sadly passed away this week. Wendy was known and loved by many for her resilience and for her candid insights into what it is like to live with dementia. She defied the odds by writing three books – including Sunday Times bestsellers – […]