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.

2019/2020

Using the cell’s internal machinery to break down protein plaques in dementia 

Lead Investigator: Dr Edward Avezov

Institution: University of Cambridge 

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

Themes: amyloid, cause

 

Investigating if peptide inhibitors can treat Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Professor David Allsop

Institution: Lancaster University

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2019/20

Themes: Alzheimer's, cause 

 

Understanding the role of volunteering in the future of dementia care

Lead Investigator: Professor Heather Wilkinson

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

Theme: volunteering, care

 

Exploring the link between major depressive disorder and Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Magdalena Sastre

Institution: Imperial College London
 
Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

Theme: depression 

 

Improving driving safety assessments for people with dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Paul Donaghy 

Institution: Newcastle University

Grant type: PhD Studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

Themes: driving, safety

 

Understanding the risk of developing dementia in UK military veterans

Lead Investigator: Professor Neil Greenberg

Institution: King’s College London

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

Theme: risk factors, lifestyle 

 

Understanding the role of mRNA and tau in recognition memory

Lead Investigator: Professor Elizabeth Warburton

Institution: University of Bristol

Grant type: PhD Studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

Theme: tau, cause

 

Investigating cell waste removal genes in frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Professor John Hardy

Institution: University College London

Grant type: PhD Studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

Theme: cause, Frontotemporal dementia 

 

Identifying brain features to diagnosis and monitor Alzheimer’s disease accurately

Lead Investigator: Dr Richard Killick

Institution: Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Grant type: PhD studentship

Duration: 2019/2020

Theme: diagnosis, Alzheimer's disease

 

Understanding how to prevent the build-up of toxic tau in cell models

Lead Investigator: Dr Will McEwan 

Institution: University of Cambridge

Grant type: PhD Studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

Themes: tau, cause 

 

‘Use it or lose it’: What’s the truth for dementia?

Lead Investigator: Dr Dorina Cadar

Institution: University College London

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2019/2010 

Theme: risk factors, prevention
 

2018/2019

Understanding the role of mitochondria in dementia with Lewy bodies

Lead Investigator: Dr Ilse Pienaar

Institution: University of Sussex

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Theme: Dementia with Lewy bodies, cause

 

Can leptin, the anti-obesity hormone, protect brain cells?

Lead Investigator: Dr Jenni Harvey

Institution: University of Dundee

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Theme: hormones, cure

 

Saving synapses in Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Professor Patricia Salinas

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Themes: cause

 

Supporting family carers to carry out person-centred care

Lead Investigator: Dr Gerard Riley

Institution: University of Birmingham 

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Themes: carers, support, person-centred care

 

Brain scans to spot signs of Alzheimer’s disease in the choroid plexus

Lead Investigator: Dr Jack Wells

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2018/2019

Themes: diagnosis, scanning
 

2017/2018

Using virtual reality technology to detect the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Dennis Chan

Institution: University of Cambridge

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Theme: cause

 

Helping people in care homes with hearing problems to communicate

Lead Investigator: Dr Piers Dawes

Institution: University of Manchester

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Theme: care, support, hearing problems, care homes

 

Understanding how dementia services can meet the needs of Black African and Caribbean people

Lead Investigator: Professor Paul Higgs 

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

Theme: care, support, services 

 

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 

 

2016/2017

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 

 

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

 

2014/2015

Investigating how tau tangles spread between brain cells in dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr J. Mark Cooper

Institution: Institute of Neurology, University College London

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

Themes: Cause; brain cells  

 

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