Executives from leading mental health organisations across Greater Manchester and the North West have backed Join Dementia Research.


Join Dementia Research SupportersLittle time away from its third birthday, the impact of Join Dementia Research is getting more and more recognised, to the point that Dr Chris Daly, Medical Director of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, registered with Join Dementia Research.

“It is well documented that dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face in the NHS today and one that is going to double in size over the next 30 years. The Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is committed to the clinical research that will help us better understand, treat and hopefully cure this awful disease, but we can only conduct this critical research with the help and co-operation of patients. Crucially, Join Dementia Research helps recruit these participants and it is incumbent on us all, as medical professionals, to do everything in our power to promote this invaluable service.

Dr Daly signed-up after he worked with the NIHR’s Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network (CRN) on a Healthy Brains awareness day in autumn 2017. He then arranged for his North West peers from Trusts with a stake in the region’s mental wellbeing to do the same.

“It is fantastic to see our executive colleagues from across our key North West partner organisations taking the lead in joining this vital scheme”, said Professor Iracema Leroi, Greater Manchester’s Dementias and Neurodegeneration specialty lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

“Through this collaboration, we hope to connect even more people across our region with the all-important clinical studies that enable us to fight dementia.”

Join Dementia Research presence in Manchester

Angela Aldridge, CRN Greater Manchester Clinical Research Operations Manager, leads a specialist dementia research team which focuses on engaging with patients, public and professionals about Join Dementia Research.

The team is part of the NIHR Infrastructure which allows high-quality clinical research to be delivered around the country and is responsible for managing Join Dementia Research in Greater Manchester.

Angela Aldridge stressed the vital role of research in increasing our knowledge of dementia and in offering hope. “It is only through research that we can begin to understand the causes and work to develop effective treatments and improve care”, she said.

“Ultimately, one day, we hope to find a way to prevent dementia, but for research to progress we need more people to take part in more studies. Join Dementia Research is an ideal way for people to find out about what research is happening, and if they wish to take part, it couldn’t be easier to do so.”