Current Fellowships

Our fellowships support researchers across the UK who aim to understand more about the causes of dementia, are working towards a cure and improving the care of those living with the condition today.

2019/2020

A digital guide to support people with dementia to be part of the community

Lead Investigator: Dr Kieren Egan

Institution: University of Strathclyde

Grant type: Knowledge exchange fellowship

Awarded: 2019/20

Themes: living well, community support 

 

How does your economic background affect the dementia care you access?

Lead Investigator: Clarissa Giebel

Institution: University of Liverpool

Grant type: Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

Awarded: 2019/20

Themes: care
 

What is the role of microglia in frontotemporal dementia? 

Lead Investigator: Dr Sarah Ryan

Institution: University of Manchester

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Theme: cause, genetics 
 

2018/2019

Understanding whether anticholinergic drugs to treat bladder problems increases risk of dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Kathryn Richardson (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of East Anglia 

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Themes: risk, prevention

 

Could new brain scans improve diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies?

Lead investigator: Dr Elijah Mak

Institution: University of Cambridge 

Grant awarded:  2018/2019 

Theme: Dementia with Lewy bodies, brain scans 

 

What can stem cells teach us about inflammation?

Lead Investigator: Dr Charles Arber (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded:  2018/2019

Theme: stem cells, inflammation

 

A mouth care programme for people with dementia and swallowing problems

Lead Investigator: Julie Pollock (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Themes: care, support, carers
 

Using artificial intelligence to understand the causes of Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Ashwin Venkataraman (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Imperial College London

Grant awarded:  2018/2019

Themes: artificial intelligence, cause
 

Improving coordination in Posterior Cortical Atrophy and Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Kier Yong (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Themes: care, support, coordination 
 

Heart-brain link: how heart disease increases risk of dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Sana Suri (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Oxford

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Themes: risk factors, mid life, prevention
 

Using blood tests and psychological tests to predict familial Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Antoinette O’Connor (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Institute of Neurology, University College London

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Theme: diagnosis, biomarkers


2017/2018


Using ultra-high resolutions MRI scans to understand more about Dementia with Lewy bodies

Lead investigator: Dr Elizabeth McKiernan (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: University of Cambridge

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Theme: cause 
 

Can brain imaging be used to predict how brain damage will affect daily life of those living with dementia? 

Lead Investgator: Dr Carole Sudre

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: Brain scans; Alzheimer's disease


Developing a tool to maintain compassion

Lead investigator: Dr Nuriye Kupeli (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Theme: carers, support, care
 

Improving diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease by understanding changes seen in brain scans

Lead Investigator: Dr Kirsty Elizabeth McAleese (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: Newcastle University

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; vascular dementia; diagnosis; brain scans

 

Helping people with dementia to better recover from delirium 

Lead Investigator: Dr Daniel Davis (Clinical Training  Partnership) 

Instiution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: care; delirium; dementia in hospital 

 

Reducing resistance to receiving personal care in advanced dementia 

Lead Investigator: Dr Tamara Backhouse (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of East Anglia

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: care; personal hygiene; advanced dementia

Can keeping up routine activities help people with dementia to remain independent during a hospital stay?

Lead Investigator: Ms Lisa Patrick (Clinical Training Felowship)

Institution: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: care; quality of life; hospital care

 

Helping people with dementia to make decisions about continence products

Lead Investigator: Dr Catherine Murphy (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Southampton 

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: care; quality of life; personal hygiene


2016/2017


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
 

2015/2016
 

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

 

2014/2015
 

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 

 

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. 

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