NIHR ARC North Thames welcomes Dem Comm Research Fellows

19 May 2023

NIHR ARC North Thames is delighted to welcome to the team three new Dementia Postdoctoral Researchers, whose projects will improve services and care for people living with dementia. 

Dementia remains a challenge for all affected by it, including health and social care services. In the UK, almost 1 million people have a diagnosis of dementia, meaning that about 52% of the UK public know someone who has been diagnosed with a form of dementia. Finding a cure is a key goal of dementia research, but until that time there is a growing need to provide treatments and support to those who receive a dementia diagnosis and their family and carers.

In 2022, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, awarded the funding across all 15 NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) to create the DEM COMM programme, led by Dr Ruth Bartlett, from ARC Wessex. The aim of this funding is to support the new generation of dementia research leaders, bringing together researchers from different multidisciplinary backgrounds to encourage cross-cutting and community-orientated dementia research projects that can address key gaps in the evidence base.
Group of researchers standing in front of University building on a sunny day
National cohort of ARC Dementia Research (DEM COMM) Fellows
Photo credit: ARC Wessex
ARC North Thames will be home to 3 of the 45+ researchers across the country in the new DEM COMM programme, which includes a range of bespoke training opportunities for the cohort over the two years.
Our Dem Comm Research Fellows and their projects are as follows:
Alex Tsui - acute care of people living with dementia
Esther Hui - risk factors for dementia prevention
Sarah Griffiths - personalised care for people living with dementia
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