JDR_cmykThank you so much for taking the time out to spread the message about our new service, ‘Join dementia research’ last week.

A special thank you to all of those people on social media who re-tweeted the message that helped us reach 4,400 volunteers – up by over 2,500 in less than a week.

The service was featured on the BBC website and our Champion for NIHR Clinical Research Network: Yorkshire and Humber, Wendy Mitchell was interviewed by Channel Five news.

There was a great deal of regional press from all corners of the the country (BBC Radio Norfolk, Northern Echo, Oxford Mail, Bristol Post, Dorset Echo etc.), trade coverage (GP Online and PharmaTimes) and regional radio who picked up the story (BBC Radio 1 South East, BBC Radio York etc.). A full report will be published soon.

We have carefully counted how many people registered to participate in research on the day, and made a note of which area they lived in. Now, we can reveal which local Clinical Research Network had the most new ‘Join dementia research’ volunteers. A special thanks goes to Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

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By the narrowest of margins – just two extra people – Kent, Surrey and Sussex LCRN seized victory ahead of Yorkshire and Humber, with South West Peninsula closing the gap!

Each and every local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) saw an increase, thanks to the hard work of volunteers, charity helpline staff, LCRN communications staff, Champions and the media spreading the word and encouraging many more people to get involved and beat dementia.

Well done to everyone who took part!

Have you taken part in a study?

patient-carer-BDR-image1We are really interested in hearing from people taking part in studies on ‘Join dementia research’.
What would they say to others considering signing up with ‘Join dementia research’?

Please let us know if you, or someone you know, would be interested in sharing their story. Get in touch with us at comms.jdr@nihr.ac.uk.

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