Dementia studies

Find out about some of the wide-ranging types of studies available via the Join Dementia Research service.

Lewy body dementia studies currently recruiting participants

19 February 2024

Accounting for 10-15 percent of dementia cases in the UK, Lewy body is the second most common form of dementia. However, the recent World Lewy Body Day brought into sharp focus the fact that very little is known about this form of dementia, highlighting the need for more research. Lewy body dementia is caused by […]

Participants needed for study into whether good oral health can slow memory loss

22 January 2024

A study into whether brushing teeth daily can slow memory loss in people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease is recruiting participants through Join Dementia Research. The MySmile study, led by the University of Bristol and supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), is recruiting people aged 60 and over with either […]

People with a dementia diagnosis needed for recently opened studies

7 December 2023

We often have studies specifically for participants with a dementia diagnosis and a few recent ones have just opened up. The studies include using a phone app, physical and memory tests and are supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). Vascular mEchanisms in, Stroke, dePression, dementiA, and deliRum: The VESPAR project […]

New studies recruiting carers through Join Dementia Research

5 December 2023

The mental health of family members caring for people with dementia is rightly an area of increasing importance. A number of studies that are looking at precisely this area are recruiting dementia carers through Join Dementia Research. The following studies are all supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). iACT4CARERS A […]

Brain health in over 50s deteriorated during pandemic, research finds

13 November 2023

New NIHR supported research shows that brain health in people over 50 deteriorated more rapidly during the pandemic. This was true regardless of whether they had COVID-19. Researchers analysed brain function tests completed by more than 3,000 UK people aged 50 to 90, many of which were recruited through Join Dementia Research. The results The […]

Drug donanemab hailed as breakthrough in treat Alzheimer’s disease following trial

19 July 2023

A new drug has been hailed as a scientific breakthrough in treating Alzheimer’s disease, following the publication of final trial results in the medical journal, JAMA.  The findings show donanemab can successfully slow down decline in memory and thinking by 35 per cent among people with early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease. The drug’s ability to slow down […]

New Alzheimer’s drug slows cognitive decline by 35 per cent

4 May 2023

A clinical trial has revealed a new Alzheimer’s drug can successfully slow down decline in memory and thinking by 35 per cent. Donanemab has been shown to significantly reduce cognitive decline in people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. The trial by US pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly showed it has been successful in removing sticky amyloid plaques […]

Nine in ten people want to know their brain disease risk

20 February 2023

New research has revealed that 91 per cent of people would take a simple test to learn about their risk of developing a brain disease. The anonymous online study, ‘The Global Brain Health Survey’, involved more than 27,500 people worldwide and was led by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in collaboration with the University […]

Dementia singing study seeks Nottinghamshire volunteers

14 December 2022

A new study in Nottinghamshire is seeking volunteers to form a singing group to study the benefits of singing for people with dementia.  University of Nottingham researchers are seeking 80 people with dementia and their carers to take part in the Preliminary Randomised Evaluation of Singing in Dementia (PRESIDE 2024) study, which is using Join […]

Investigating the impact of anti-inflammatory drugs on Alzheimer’s disease

18 October 2022

A research study exploring the impact specialist anti-inflammatory drugs have on Alzheimer’s disease symptoms is looking for volunteers in London, Plymouth, Guildford and Southampton. The EXploratory PLatform trial on Anti-INflammatory agents in Alzheimer’s Disease, or EXPLAIN-AD for short, will be evaluating the effectiveness and safety of anti-inflammatory agents on common Alzheimer’s symptoms – including memory, […]