Welcome to Dementia Research UK

We are a registered charity working to improve the lives of people with dementia by funding medical research, support services, and assistive technologies throughout the UK.

As well as telling you about our objectives and what we do, we have designed this website as a signpost to the wide range of research, services and resources provided by our expert partners, to whom we give grants. You will find links in blue throughout the site which enable you to read more detailed information on our partners’ websites.

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About dementia

Dementia is the name given to a cluster of symptoms caused by various diseases of the brain. The words “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are often used interchangeably, even by clinical staff and social workers, without being clear what the people using the words mean. 

In fact, the term “dementia” may be used to cover several different things. The word in some languages is feared, even more than the word “Alzheimer’s.” People have often seemed to find it easier to talk about Alzheimer’s, although the dementia they are discussing is not Alzheimer’s disease but one of a range of other conditions which we’ll talk about here.


Who we are

Dementia Research UK is a grant-making charity, raising funds for research projects across the dementia community in all regions of the UK. 

We give grants to national research bodies based at universities and hospitals, and to regional centres delivering services and support directly to those suffering with dementia.   


Who we fund

We recognise the need to support research which aims to alleviate and eventually eradicate dementia. We also recognise the need to fund research which seeks to find ways to improve the quality of life for people with dementia right now, through services, support groups and technology.

Our grants cover research in both areas, so we can have a positive impact on the lives of people with dementia both today and in the future.


Our Partners in Dementia Research

Contact information

  207 Regent Street, London, W1B 3HH
  0845 475 8202

Dementia Research UK is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales No. 8236220. Charity No. 1154143 In Scotland Charity No. SC045615.

The charity is also registered in the UK with the Information Commissioner and Fundraising Regulator.