4. Other useful resources
General dementia and dementia research information
- Alzheimer's Research UK blog about news stories and other timely topics relating to dementia research.
- The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) have resources to help people to better understand dementia and what it is like to be affected by the condition.
- AlzForum is a good resource for reading about the latest research, international conferences and funding. This also contains information on genetics, risk factors and other areas in dementia.
- For medical students interested in dementia research, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has a wide range of resources.
- The Alzheimer's Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer's Research and Treatment (ISTAART) is a professional society for individuals interested in Alzheimer's and dementia science. It is based in the USA but has a global reach.
- For bioscientists: A calendar of events from Bioscience Careers for science communication, education, policy and careers.
- For people thinking about a PhD in dementia research: The Dementia PhD blog (http://dementiaphd.wordpress.com). They organise regular 'Twitter chats' about dementia PhDs in different research areas, using the hashtag #demphd.
- Vitae provides general information and guidance for researchers, from completing a doctorate to developing as a researcher.
Dementia Research funding
Alzheimer's Society provides funding for people moving into dementia research at many stages of their research career. These include bursaries for undergraduate summer projects; PhD studentships; Junior Research Fellowships; Senior Research Fellowships; Clinical Training Fellowships; project grants for Principle Investigators.
However, despite increased investment by the Society in research, with an aim to spend £10 million per year by 2017, we cannot fund all of the researchers that dementia research needs.
There are many other sources of funding for researchers at various points of their career.
Other funding sources
As your career progresses, either within dementia research or if you'd like to move into the field from another area of research, there are many sources of potential funding, depending on the field (in addition to Alzheimer's Society).
As part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on dementia, the government has committed to double its funding of dementia research to £66 million by 2015.
- Some of this money, and general research funds, are administered through theResearch Councils - depending on the area of research and time of year, different research councils will have funding available for researchers wishing to make an application.
- The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the research arm of the NHS, and funds research to improve the lives of patients within the NHS.
- New PhD opportunities for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Allied Health and Research Care (CLAHRC) for the South West Peninsula is offering up to four PhD fellowship stipends for nurses or allied health care professionals wishing to join an exciting new research programme on dementia care. Deadline is 1pm, Tuesday 18 November 2014.
- Social science Research Fellowships from the ESRC. For people within 4 years of completing their PhD. Deadlines for applications 20 January 2015.
- Imanova is offering funding to conduct pilot PET studies. Deadline Midnight on Friday 10 October 2014.
Partnerships & Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)
If you have obtained funding from another source and would like support in disseminating your findings or involving people affected by dementia, we can help.
Our award-winning Research Network can provide the perspective of people with dementia and their carers.
We can also support the development of an application that you are making to us.
Resources for scientists
Alzheimer's Society is dedicated to funding the highest quality projects in dementia research.
There are some useful resources available to researchers to help improve the quality of your application and research design.
Brain tissue database
Brains for Dementia Research (BDR) provides a database of brain tissue for research. This unique resource ensures tissue is matched with full medical records of the donor and ensures tissue has been handled according to a gold standard of donation procedure.
Researchers can register with the database and apply for tissue through the BDR website.
BDR is jointly funded by Alzheimer's Society and the Alzheimer's Research UK.
NIHR Research Design Service
The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) provides a network of regional support for researchers who require assistance with designing research projects. The Research Design Service is intended to increase the quality of funding applications.
Alzheimer's Society fully supports this initiative and encourages researchers to consult with the service, particularly if you are not experienced in research design. We hope this resource will be particularly useful to health and care professionals who may not have a research background, but who are interested in seeking funding for research.
NIHR Clinical Research Networks for England
Researchers who are coordinating a clinical trial are encouraged to register their study with the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN). The aim of this resource is to enable better coordination between researchers and the public to facilitate clinical trials.
The NIHR CRN website provides details on all the networks and how to register a trial.
The dedicated network for dementia research is the Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN)
MRC Regulatory Support Centre
This centre funded by the MRC supports and gives guidance for those conducting research with human participants, their tissues or data. Their website provides further detail on this service.
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