Life Sciences Industry

The NIHR proactively supports the life sciences industry to develop new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies at both early and late phases. The Life Sciences Industry section of our website outlines the services, expertise, facilities and resources that are available to help companies bring their research and development programmes to the UK and successfully deliver clinical trials and studies in NHS.


The NIHR Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) provides a valuable resource for the global life sciences industry during early phase.

Click here to find out more.

Get Involved

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We support researchers from across a range of disciplines including neurology, old age psychiatry, geriatric medicine, genetics, general practice, psychology, nursing and other allied health professions. We deliver this research across a wide range of health care settings, including primary and community care, mental health services and acute hospitals.

We are working with NHS trusts, research funders and patient support organisations to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS that will address patient’s needs. We help researchers to understand how their studies into dementias and neurodegenerative diseases will work in the NHS.

Where there are considerable overlaps with other specialty areas, for example neurological disorders, mental health and age and aging, we work closely with our colleagues from across the Network to deliver high quality collaborative research.

NIHR Facilities

How to access support

Find out how to apply for Clinical Research Network support and how your study can benefit from our Study Support Service.

Find you local clinical research network

The Local Clinical Research Network (LCRN) teams can provide researchers and clinicians with practical guidance and support for successfully running studies in local areas. Please visit the NIHR in your area homepage to find your LCRN.

What else do we offer?

For more information on local opportunities contact your Local Clinical Research Network to get involved in their work, or in research studies that are running locally.

Dementia - Join Dementia Research is a nationwide service that allows you to register your interest in volunteering for vital dementia research studies.  Once signed up you’ll be alerted to appropriate studies in your area. It’s also possible to register on behalf of someone who may not be able to register themselves, acting as a representative.


Information for Patients, Carers and the Public

Patients are at the centre of our work. As a patient, carer or as a member of the public you can get involved by taking part in research, or by helping to shape research. There are several ways you can do this. 

Taking part in research

If you are interested in participating in research you can:

  • Ask your healthcare professional about research that you may be eligible fo
  • Visit the UK Clinical Trials Gateway website which provides easy to understand information about clinical research trials running in the UK and gives access to a large range of information about these trials. It is designed to enable you and your clinician to locate and contact trials of interest to you.
  • To find out more about current Dementias and Neurodegeneration studies, you can view list of active studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network porfolio database

To find out more please visit the NIHR Patients and the Public page.

Further information

Further information about how Patients and Carers can take part or get involved in Neurodegeneration research can be found by clicking the links below.

Motor Neurone Disease research

Parkinson's Disease research


National Dementias and Neurodegeneration Clinical Specialty Leads

Each of our 15 Local Clinical Research Networks has at least one nominated local Clinical Specialty Research Lead for Dementias and Neurodegeneration. These clinicians lead research groups to promote and support Dementias and Neurodegeneration research within the NHS Trusts in their area.

At a national level the local leads come together to manage the national Dementias and Neurodegeneration clinical research portfolio. This involves regularly reviewing the progress of studies, identifying barriers to recruitment, and coming up with solutions and strategies to help overcome those barriers. Our National Specialty Group of clinical experts offer advice and support to commercial and non-commercial customers looking to conduct research in the NHS.

Meet our National Specialty Group Members



Join Dementia Research

Join Dementia Research is a national service, enabling people to register their interest in dementia research and be matched with potentially suitable research studies.  Through Join Dementia Research, we aim to increase the opportunities for people to take part in dementia research and help researchers find participants more easily.

Find out more about Join Dementia Research.