To find out more about current Dementia and Neurodegeneration studies you can view a list of studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio Database
The NIHR Clinical Research Network Dementias and Neurodegeneration Specialty has been very successful in recruiting patients to studies. With our membership extending throughout the UK we can facilitate and recruit to a wide range of diverse studies. In addition to this, Join Dementia Research has been established to facilitate recruitment to ethically approved dementia research studies taking place in the UK.
Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases are increasingly understood to have commonalities in underlying mechanisms, patient experience, and symptoms; and their management is increasingly multi-disciplinary and converging over time. Advances in understanding of these diseases and new treatments are likely to come from inter-disciplinary research between them. Where there are considerable overlaps with other specialty areas, for example neurological disorders, mental health and ageing, we also work closely with our colleagues from across the Network to deliver high quality collaborative research.
Our local teams of research staff are specialists in facilitating the set up and recruitment to studies in England. We have substantial experience of supporting all types of research studies including complex and multi-centre clinical interventions. We work with researchers and clinicians in a diverse range of specialities and collaborate with patient charities. We have a strong tradition of public and patient involvement in our research.
Our Dementia Specialty has a skilled and experienced workforce, enhanced by our Rater training programme. Through Join Dementia Research we help facilitate patient participation in research and accelerate recruitment to dementia studies.
You can find out more about Dementias and Neurodegeneration studies in your area through the UK Clinical Trials Gateway.
The risks of developing dementia and visual impairment both increase with age. The PrOVIDe study was designed to better understand how prevalent visual impairment is in people with dementia, and compare this to levels within the wider population of older people. It also aimed to identify the extent to which visual impairment is undetected or inappropriately managed in people with dementia and how eye care can be improved for them. The study was funded and supported by the National Institute for Health Research and included people with dementia who live in their own home as well as those in care homes. Findings from the PrOVIDe study have led to proposals to ensure eye care is recognised as being as important to those with dementia as the general population. The project has also lead to further activity prioritising areas for future research for people with both dementia and visual impairment.