Dementia Research UK is a registered charity promoting research into the prevention and treatment of dementia and the care of those suffering from dementia. While research has the ultimate aim of eradicating dementia it can also be aimed at improving the lives of dementia sufferers and their carers.


Current dementia research funding is specifically targeted at the following UK universities and related institutions:

  1.  The Dementia Research Centre at University College London

The UCL Dementia Research Centre based at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery is a hub for patient-centred research into various forms of dementia. Its work focuses on identifying and understanding the disease processes that cause dementia, the factors that influence these disease processes and how best to support people with dementia and their families. The Centre also has particular expertise in young-onset, inherited and unusual dementias and its research is closely integrated with the Cognitive Disorders Service provided within The National Hospital in Central London.

  1. The Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham

The Institute of Mental Health is the UK’s prime location for inter-disciplinary research in the field of mental health. It has established a track record of achievements in pioneering research and education. It supports and maintains a wide variety of resources specific to the needs of dementia sufferers including a website, This website is dedicated to the provision of assistive technology where the latest innovative techniques are used in order to improve the quality of life of those suffering from dementia and to promote independent living.

  1. Dementia Services Development Centres (DSDC’s)

The promotion of dementia care services acquired a new impetus with the foundation of the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling in 1989. It was the first initiative of its kind in the UK and is now a highly successful and much copied model for research and development in the field of dementia care. A number of DSDC’s have evolved to form larger organisations reflecting both their environment and their aspirations. Dementia Research UK is committed to supporting DSDC’s throughout the UK including:

a) DSDC Scotland, University of Stirling

b) DSDC Wales, University of Bangor

c) DSDC Northern Ireland, University of Belfast

  1. Designability (Formally The Institute of Medical Engineering) University of Bath

Designability is a national charity joining expertise and knowledge to enhance the lives of those suffering from dementia. Engineering and design experts conduct original research to develop commercial products that meet real needs. The research team at Designability regard inclusive design as the only way forward. In working with end-users, carers and health professionals to help understand the problems, solutions can be found and tested in real life situations, creating attractive, easy-to-use products that go beyond basic functionality.

The amount of funding provided to any one organisation or group listed above can be found in the annual accounts for financial years ended 31st October, from 2013 to date, which have been independently examined by a qualifying firm of chartered accountants where required, in accordance with current legislation and recommended practice.


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