Who we fund
Dementia Research UK gives grants to organisations that carry out research in three areas:
Dementia Research Centre at University College London
The Dementia Research Centre at University College London is a hub for patient-centred research into dementia, covering all forms of dementia including young-onset, inherited and unusual dementias. The Centre’s work is clinically focussed and directly informed by meeting and caring for people with dementia; without them, the research would not be possible.
The Centre conducts clinical trials and non-drug studies to find ways to improve diagnosis and treatment of dementia, and to identify how best to support people with dementia and their families.
Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE)
RICE is an internationally renowned research and treatment centre based in Bath, which exists to fight for a cure for dementia.
RICE’s research focuses not only on identifying treatments for dementia, but also on assessing how the quality of life for people with dementia might be improved with non-drug treatments and lifestyle changes.
RICE provides memory clinics, support groups and education courses for people with dementia and their families and carers, designed to help people live as well as they can with their diagnosis.
Dementia Services Development Trust
The Dementia Services Development Trust is a grant-giving charity which exists to promote best practice in the development of care and support for all those living with dementia.
The overriding aim of the Trust is to make life the best it can be for all people who are affected by dementia. The Trust provides grants and financial awards to organisations which seek to improve the environment for people with dementia, and to change the public’s perception of dementia.
DSDC Wales Research Centre
The DSDC Wales Research Centre is part of the School of Health Sciences at Bangor University, and leads the University’s contribution to the Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research. The remit of the Centre is to address the challenges and opportunities posed by an ageing society, and to:
- promote the health, quality of life and wellbeing of people with dementia and their supporters
- improve the quality of care and services
- inform policy and practice development
- ensure the patient and public voice is at the heart of their work.
Trent Dementia aims to improve the care, support and wellbeing of people who are living with dementia and their supporters, by providing information, supportive group activities, and educational events.
Key areas of activity for Trent Dementia include: working alongside people who are living with dementia to develop and run in-person and virtual support and empowerment groups with an aim of connecting people and facilitating social and creative activities; ‘Life with Dementia’ educational events, which are co-produced and facilitated by people living with dementia and aimed at people with lived experience, professionals and the wider public, and facilitating research opportunities to develop understanding of the lived experiences of people with dementia with an aim to provide better support and quality of life.
Cicely Saunders Institute at Kings College London
The Cicely Saunders Institute is the first purpose-built institute for research into palliative care. The Institute brings together academics, healthcare professionals, community organisations, patients and carers into one centre and acts as the hub for a network of international research. It offers high quality palliative care to patients, as well as providing education, patient information and support.
Dementia Prevention UK
Dementia Prevention UK is a registered charity which provides education to men, women and children from underserved communities on dementia risk factors and practical tools to prevent or delay dementia through lifestyle modification.
Their innovative research and workshop programmes focus on how behaviours can impact the brain, and on the measures which individuals can take to maintain brain health and protect the brain.
Music for my Mind
Music for my Mind is a registered charity which promotes the use of personalised music as an effective therapy for people who are living with dementia.
Their research investigates how music can improve the wellbeing of people with dementia and help to relieve anxiety and depression, as well as recreating connections with loved ones.
The charity has developed new technology which enables personalised playlists to be created quickly and easily, based on an individual’s background and musical preferences, for use within a care home or an individual’s own home.
Matters is a Community Interest Company that has been managing projects and services for people with dementia in Cornwall and Devon for over 12 years. These projects have been designed, developed, and built to enrich the lives of people affected by dementia.
The team runs Moments Café in Plymouth for people living with dementia, and their families and carers, providing fun and engaging activities. The specialists at the Memory Matters Hub provide advice and practical support for anyone concerned about memory loss or dementia. Training on dementia and brain health is provided for individuals and for healthcare professionals.
Memory Matters are champions of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) and its use in helping those living with dementia to improve their cognitive abilities and quality of life. Memory Matters has developed the first CST e-group therapy app, which can be used directly by someone who has dementia. CST group sessions are also provided for those who prefer to engage with the therapy in a social setting.
Ageing and Dementia Research Centre at Bournemouth University
The research carried out by the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre (ADRC) at Bournemouth University falls into three broad categories: developing ageing and dementia-friendly environments, nutrition and wellbeing, and activity and social inclusion.
The research carried out at the ADRC significantly impacts on theory, education and professional practice relating to dementia, and the research team has developed a number of resources to guide families, carers, and healthcare professionals on how best to help people with dementia.
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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.