Current PhD studentships

Through our PhD grants we are supporting new researchers in the field in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of all types of dementia.

Using an innovative approach to prevent the toxic build-up of amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Jody Mason

Institution: University of Bath

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; drug discovery

 

Understanding links between diabetes, infections and dementia risk 

Lead Investigator: Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: Big data; public health; comorbidities 

 

Understanding the impact of visual impairment on life with dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Claire Hutchinson

Institution: University of Leicester

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: Care research; eyesight

 

Understanding how people from minority ethnic backgrounds can access better support 

Lead Investigator: Dr Jan Oyebode

Institution: University of Bradford

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: care research, BAME research; access to services

 

Keep talking for longer: speech therapy to help people living with dementia stay in the conversation

Lead Investigator: Dr Catherine Tattersall

Institution: University of Sheffield

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: care; speech therapy

 

Providing better care for care home residents with both dementia and cancer 

Lead Investigator: Dr Laura Ashley

Institution: Leeds Beckett University

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Themes: care; care homes; comorbidities 

 

Investigating a potential pathway in the development of frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Kurt De Vos

Institution: University of Sheffield

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Frontotemporal dementia; cause 

 

Understanding the role of the C9orf72 gene in frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Kevin Talbot

Institution: University of Oxford

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Frontotemporal dementia; genetics; cause 

 

Finding drugs to manage bladder and bowel control in people with Alzheimer's disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Jerome Swinny

Institution: University of Portsmouth

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; incontinence research; drug discovery

 

Does targeting the immune system have the potential to treat Alzheimer’s disease?

Lead Investigator: Dr David Brough

Institution: University of Manchester

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; drug discovery; immune system; cure

 

Understanding how tiny changes in several genes could contribute towards risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Jonathan Mill

Institution: University of Exeter

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; genetics; epigenetics; cause 

 

Further understanding of the role of the immune system in blood flow to the brain

Lead Investigator: Professor Karen Horsburgh

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; vascular dementia; immune system; cause

 

Understanding what causes the increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in Down’s syndrome

Lead Investigator: Dr Frances Wiseman

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause; Down's syndrome; cell biology

 

Developing a tool to help people decide how to talk about their dementia diagnosis

Lead Investigator: Dr Georgina Charlesworth

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Care; diagnosis 

 

Understanding how to help people with dementia stay safe when going outside

Lead Investigator: Professor Charlotte Clarke

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

Themes: Care; risk 

 

Understanding the risks and benefits of using blood pressure medication in dementia

Lead Investigator: Professor Sarah Lewis

Institution: Univeristy of Nottingham

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Care; risk

 

Investigating ways to prevent the toxic build-up of amyloid protein in Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Professor K. Ravi Acharya

Institution: University of Bath

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause; cell biology

 

Studying a protein interaction that increases accumulation of amyloid-beta

Lead Investigator: Dr James Duce

Institution: University of Leeds

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause

 

Studying loss of connections between brain cells

Lead Investigator: Dr Katrin Deinhardt

Institution:  University of Southampton

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Cause; brain cells

 

How do genetics influence the brain’s response to omega-3?

Lead Investigator: Professor Anne-Marie Minihane

Institution: University of East Anglia 

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Risk; prevention; lifestyle; diet

 

Finding ways to identify the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Jon Rohrer

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Frontotemporal dementia; diagnosis 

 

How has our changing lifestyle affected brain health over time?

Lead Investigator: Professor Fiona Matthews

Institution: University of Newcastle 

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

Themes: Risk; public health; lifestyle 

 

 

Investigating how tau tangles spread between brain cells in dementia

Understanding how genes related to the immune system contribute to Alzheimer's disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Angela Hodges

Institution: Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

Grant round awarded: 2013/2014

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; genetics; immune system 

 

Investigating a way to clear tau tangles, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Jaqueline van der Spuy

Institution: University College London

Grant round awarded: 2013/2014

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause 

 

How does tau, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, affect the connections between brain cells?

Lead Investigator: Dr Tara Spires-Jones

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant round awarded: 2013/2014

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause 

 

Understanding Alzheimer's disease by investigating the disease in people with Down's syndrome

Lead Investigator: Professor Elizabeth Fisher

Institution: University College London

Grant round awarded: 2013/2014

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; Down's syndrome; cause 

 

How are the connections between brain cells affected in Alzheimer's disease?

Lead Investigator: Dr Richard Wade-Martins

Institution: University of Oxford

Grant round awarded: 2013/2014

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause 

 

Improving diagnosis of a type of frontotemporal dementia using brain scans

Lead Investigator: Professor Nick Fox

Institution: University College London

Grant round awarded: 2013/2014

Themes: Frontotemporal dementia; diagnosis; brain scans 

 

Developing a night-time care programme for people with dementia with sleep disturbance in care homes

Lead Investigator: Dr Anne Corbett

Institution: King's College London

Grant round awarded: 2013/2014

Themes: Care; care homes; sleep 

 

Understanding the effects of damage to an area of the brain susceptible to degeneration in Alzheimer's disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Jerome Swinny 

Institution: University of Portsmouth

Grant round awarded: 2012/2013

Themes: Alzheimer's disease; cause

 

Developing objective measures of the 'self' in dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Claire Surr

Institution: University of Bradford

Grant round awarded: 2012/2013

Themes: Care

 

 
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