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. 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 successful model for research and development in the field of dementia care. Dementia Research UK is committed to supporting DSDC’s throughout the UK including:

  • DSDC Scotland, University of Stirling
  • DSDC Wales, University of Bangor
  • DSDC Northern Ireland, University of Belfast
  1. Trent DSDC. Trent Dementia at the University of Nottingham

The Trent Dementia Services Development Centre (Trent Dementia) is an independent charity based at the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. Trent Dementia aims to improve the quality of care, support and wellbeing of people who are living with dementia in the East Midlands and beyond. The charity runs projects and events working alongside people with dementia and their supporters, as well as providing online support and activity groups. Trent Dementia hosts a website of national relevance with links to other organisations offering dementia services and support throughout the UK.

  1. The Research Institute for the Care of Older People at Royal United Hospital, Bath.

Research into all dementias and the connections between them continues to be critical, as a growing, ageing population develop increasingly complex needs. The Research Institute for the Care of Older People, or RICE, is an internationally renowned dementia research and treatment centre located at Royal United Hospital, Bath. RICE is an independent organisation focused on essential research into dementia and the provision of support for people with dementia, their families and carers.

  1. The Cicely Saunders Institute at Kings College Hospital, London.

Dementia is among the leading causes of death in the UK. The Cicely Saunders Institute at Kings College Hospital, London is a centre for research into the provision, development and assessment of end of life care. Dame Cicely Saunders pioneered a new philosophy of patient care, now recognised and practised in the UK and throughout the world. In promoting that philosophy, the Institute remains patient orientated in terms of its focus on best practice and in maximising the use of resources for the benefit of patients wherever possible.

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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