Date: 22 December 2017
Executives from leading mental health organisations across Greater Manchester and the North West have backed a national campaign which is helping researchers beat dementia.
Medical Directors from Trusts with a stake in the region’s mental wellbeing signed-up to Join Dementia Research (JDR).
JDR is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) service for people in the UK to register their interest in participating in dementia research. It is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer Scotland.
People living with dementia or memory problems, their carers, or anyone with an interest can sign up and learn all about the most innovative and up to date dementia research happening in their area.
Registering is the first step in becoming involved in supporting studies which are continually allowing researchers to learn more about dementia.
Dr Chris Daly, Medical Director of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), registered with JDR 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 to do the same. They are:
Dr Daly, said: “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.
“GMMH 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.
“As directors working in diverse health and care organisations across the North West, we were delighted to register with JDR and will be advocating it going forwards.”
Professor Iracema Leroi, Greater Manchester’s Dementias and Neurodegeneration specialty lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network, said: “It is fantastic to see our executive colleagues from across our key North West partner organisations taking the lead in joining this vital scheme.
“We are extremely grateful for their top-level support which is a powerful tool for promoting Join Dementia Research among patients, service users and staff.
“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.”
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 JDR.
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 JDR in Greater Manchester.
Angela Aldridge said: “Research increases our knowledge of dementia and offers hope. It is only through research that we can begin to understand the causes and work to develop effective treatments and improve care.
“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.”
If you wish to hear more about the Join Dementia Research Service in Greater Manchester, please call the NIHR CRN GM team on 0161 701 5608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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