International research partnerships

International collaborations help our investments to go further. Learn more about our international partnerships and how they influence the dementia research landscape.

Our collaborations support the exchange of knowledge, influencing the dementia landscape worldwide and ensuring UK researchers benefit from international initiatives and funding.

Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Diseases 

Alzheimer’s Society alongside other UK funders have united with fifteen countries across Europe, Australia and Canada to support international research collaborations into diseases of the brain, including those which cause dementia. 

The latest Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND) will award €17.5 million (£15.75 million) over the next three years.

The programme aims to bring together expertise of researchers around the world to speed up progress towards new treatments and tackle challenges. 

What research is being funded?

Alzheimer’s Society, along with Department of Health and Social Care England, Health and Care Research Wales and Health and Social Care Northern Ireland, has committed £2.15 million to the programme from the UK. UK research teams are involved in eight of the 10 projects awarded funding.

Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease (JPND)

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Global Brain Health Institute 

Alzheimer’s Society has united with the Global Brain Health Institute and Alzheimer’s Association US to support emerging leaders in health and dementia through a unique funding programme – the Pilot Awards for Global Health Leaders. 

The programme supports small-scale pilot projects to advance skills, knowledge, activities and efforts to reduce the impact of dementia and improve brain health around the world. 

What research is being funded?

To date 48 pilot projects have been awarded spanning 10 countries including Argentina, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Turkey, UK and USA. The total funding awarded is over £900,000. 

Alzheimer’s Society is a partner in all the research awards but specifically funds UK based projects.


Understanding music: Developing practise and resourcing care 

  • Lead investigator: Jane Bentley
  • Institution: Trinity College Dublin

'My life, my way': Support for people living with mild cognitive impairment 

  • Lead investigator: Siobhan Casey
  • Institution: Trinity College Dublin


Investigating burdensome end of life care people with advanced dementia

  • Lead Investigator:  Dr Elizabeth Dzeng
  • Institution: King’s College London, University of California and France.

Identifying people with dementia who may benefit from palliative care

  • Lead Investigator: Corrina Grimes
  • Institution: Global Brain Health Institute, GP practices across Northern Ireland