Current projects

2. Current Fellowships

Investigating the role of the calcium-regulating protein calpain in early Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Ksenia Kurbatskaya (Junior Fellowship)

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease, cause; cure

 

Better understanding the role of a protein linked to frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Ryan West (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Manchester

Grant awarded:2016/2017

Themes: frontotemporal dementia; cause 

 

Helping family carers to make decisions about end of life care

Lead Investigator: Dr Nathan Davies (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Care; end of life care

 

Creating a system to improve the treatment of additional medical conditions in people with dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Joao Delgado (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Exeter

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Care; medication management

 

Developing a technique to detect early signs of prion diseases

Lead Investigator: Dr Tze How Mok (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: National Prion Clinic, University College London

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Prion diseases; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; cause; improving diagnosis

 

Creating a resource to help current carers to cope with feelings of grief

Lead Investigator: Dr Kirsten Moore (Senior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Care; carer support

 

Investigating how to help people with dementia to better manage diabetes

Lead Investigator: Dr Katharina Mattishent (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Diabetes; care; risk

 

Taking an innovative approach to designing potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Francesco Antonio Aprile (Senior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Cambridge

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cure; drug discovery

 

What causes severe forgetting in Alzheimer’s disease?

Lead Investigator: Dr Michael Craig (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: Heriot-Watt University

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause; diagnosis

 

 

Understanding why certain parts of the brain are vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Lovesha Sivanantharajah (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: Bangor University

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause; brain cells

 

Enabling people with dementia to access and understand assistive technology

Lead Investigator: Dr Lisa Newton (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Newcastle University

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Care; assistive technology; independence at home

 

Understanding how a toxic protein spreads between cells in frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr David Hicks (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Manchester

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Frontotemporal dementia; cause; cell biology

 

Using large datasets to understand the genetics of frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Raffaelle Ferrari (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Frontotemporal dementia; cause; genetics

 

Understanding how Alzheimer’s disease affects different types of brain cells

Lead Investigator: Dr Lilach Soreq (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause; brain cells

 

A non-drug intervention to prevent depression in early-stage dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Vasiliki Orgeta (Senior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Care; depression; non-drug treatments

 

Understanding whether negative thinking influences dementia risk

Lead Investigator: Dr Natalie Marchant (Senior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Cause; prevention

 

Investigating the effect of Alzheimer’s disease on social behaviour and anxiety

Lead Investigator: Dr James Dachtler (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Durham

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause; behaviour 

 

Using brain tissue to understand small vessel disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Catherine  Humphreys (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Vascular dementia; cause; brain cells 

 

Improving scanning techniques to help diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies

Lead Investigator: Ms Gemma Roberts (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Newcastle University

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Dementia with Lewy bodies; diagnosis

 

Investigating the effect of insulin on brain cells in Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Claire Garwood (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Sheffield 

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; diabetes; 

 

Understanding how Alzheimer’s disease affects specialised nerve cells

Lead Investigator: Dr Francesco Tamagnini (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Exeter

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause; electrical activity; brain cells

 

How being obliged, willing and prepared to care affects carers' well-being

Lead Investigator: Dr Sahdia Parveen (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Bradford

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

Themes: Care; carer support 

 

Identifying new risk genes for Alzheimer’s disease by studying inherited forms of dementia

Adapting cognitive behavioural therapy for people with dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Joshua Stott (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: University College London 

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

Themes: Care; depression; non-drug treatment

 

Understanding eating and drinking difficulties for people with dementia in care homes

Lead Investigator: Ms Lindsey Collins (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: University of Bradford

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

Themes: Care; care homes; eating and drinking 

 

Understanding the role of delirium in dementia development

Lead Investigator: Dr Sarah Richardson (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Newcastle University

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

Themes: Care; hospital; delirium; clinical research

 

Understanding the genetic basis of dementia with Lewy bodies

Lead Investigator: Dr Jose Bras

Institution: Institute of Neurology, University College London

Grant awarded: 2013/2014

Themes: Dementia with Lewy bodies, cause, genetics 

 

Strategies to prevent surgery-induced cognitive decline

Lead Investigator:  Dr Helena Watts

Institution:  Imperial College London

Grant awarded: 2012/2013

Themes: Cause

 

Can lithium protect against damage in Alzheimer's disease?

Lead Investigator: Dr Oyinkansola Adesakin

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2012/2013

Themes: Cause, Alzhiemer's disease 

 

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships

The Knowledge Exchange Fellowships are a new set of grants from Alzheimer's Society that aim to enable collaboration between researchers in different countries. The grantholders will work in partnership with Alzheimer Nederland and dementia researchers in the Netherlands. Researchers in both the UK and the Netherlands will be able to benefit from each other's expertise and data. 

We have funded four projects, investigating different key areas in the cause, care, cure and prevention of dementia.