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Current research projects

Our research aims to understand the underlying causes of the condition, improve diagnosis and care, identifying ways to prevent dementia and searching for a cure. 

Below you can find out about the research projects that we are funding. Discover more about our researchers' work and how it will impact people affected by dementia. You can also view completed research projects.

In addition, learn about all our current:

Latest research projects 


Mining a common food compound, Epicatechin, for a new Alzheimer’s disease treatment

Lead Investigator: Dr Robert Williams

Institution: University of Bath

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2019/2020


 

Project grants 

Developing new ways to study and test treatments for small vessel disease in vascular dementia

Lead Investigator: Professor Karen Horsburgh

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant type: Project 

Awarded: 2016/2017

 


Understanding whether drugs for rheumatoid arthritis can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Bernadette McGuinness

Institution: Queen's Univeristy Belfast

Grant type: Project 

Awarded: 2016/2017

 


Investigating a potential target for treatment of frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Christopher Miller

Institution: Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2015/2016

 


Investigating heparins as a potential new drug for Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Professor Jerry Turnbull

Institution: University of Liverpool

Grant type: Project 

Awarded: 2015/2016

 


Testing the effect of the diabetes drug Liraglutide in Alzheimer's disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Paul Edison

Institution: Imperial College London

Grant type: Project 

Awarded: 2014/2015



 

Fellowships 

Taking an innovative approach to designing potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Francesco Antonio Aprile 

Institution: University of Cambridge

Grant type: Senior Fellowship

Awarded: 2016/2017
 


PhD studentships 

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

Lead Investigator: Dr Jenni Harvey

Institution: University of Dundee

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

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 type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2017/2018

 

Latest research projects 

Can blood tests be used to diagnose delirium and improve diagnosis?

Lead Investigator: Dr Valerie Page

Institution: Watford General Hospital

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2019/20
 

Supporting person-centred care for people with dementia in hospitals

Lead Investigator: Dr Melanie Hanley

Institution: University of Hertfordshire

Grant type: Project grant

Awarded: 2019/20 
 

Understanding the genetics of depression in Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Lindsey Sinclair

Institution: University of Bristol

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2019/20 
 

Supporting deaf carers of people with dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Emma Ferguson-Coleman

Institution: University of Manchester  

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2019/20

 

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


How can compassionate communities support end of life dementia care?

Lead Investigator: Dr Joseph Sawyer

Institution: University College London

Grant type: Clinical Training Fellowship 

Awarded: 2019/20
 


Exploring dementia in the South Asian community

Lead Investigator: Dr Naaheed Mukadam

Institution: University College London
 
Grant type: Senior Fellowship

Awarded: 2019/20 

 

Care collaboration grants 

Exchanging knowledge with independent care homes in Exeter

Lead Investigator: Dr Iain Lang

Institution: University of Exeter 

Grant type: Care Collaboration Grant 

Awarded: 2019/20
 
 

Can embedding a researcher in care homes help to improve care?

Lead Investigator: Professor Mo Ray 

Institution: University of Lincoln

Grant type: Care Collaboration Grant 

Awarded: 2019/20 

 

A new approach to collaborative research with care homes in Worcester

Lead Investigator: Professor Tracey Williamson

Institution: University of Worcester

Grant type: Care Collaboration Grant 

Awareded: 2019/20

 

Project grants 

Understanding the benefits of community singing groups for people with dementia

Lead investigator: Professor Justine Schneider 

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2018/2019
 

Improving night-time care and reducing hypnotic drug use in care homes

Lead Investigator: Dr Anne Corbett

Institution: University of Exeter 

Grant type: Project grant

Awarded: 2019/2020


Optimising PET scanning to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Paresh Malhotra 

Institution: Imperial College London

Grant type: Project 

Awarded: 2018/2019
 

Understanding more about community based support for people affected by dementia

Lead investigator: Professor Dawn Brooker

Institution: University of Worcester

Grant type: Project 

Awarded: 2017/2018
 

Residential respite care: Experiences, access and outcomes

Lead Investigator: Dr Kritika Samsi

Institution: King's College London

Grant type: Project 

Awarded: 2018/2019


Understanding and improving end of life care for people with dementia and their carers

Lead Investigator: Professor Martin Knapp

Institution: London School of Economics and Political Science

Grant awarded:  2017/2018
 


Detecting changes in the brain in frontotemporal dementias

Lead Investigator: Professor Jason Warren

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2016/2017
 

Improving diagnosis and support services for people with younger onset dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Janet Carter

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2015/2016


Identifying factors that lead to problems with everyday tasks for people with dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Eneida Mioshi

Institution: University of East Anglia

Grant awarded: 2014/2015
 

Implementation grants 

Supporting end of life decision-making in care homes

Lead Investigator: Professor Kevin Brazil

Institution: Queen’s University Belfast

Grant type: Implementation

Awarded: 2018/2019

 

Beyond the Margins: Accessing support in the community

Lead Investigator: Professor Charlotte Clarke

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant type: Implementation

Awarded: 2018/2019 
 

Fellowships 

Knowledge Exchange Fellowships 

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


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
 

Clinical Training Fellowships & Partnerships

Providing research training to increase support and improve care for people with dementia and their carers

Lead Investigator:  Professor Linda Clare 

Institution: University of Exeter

Grant type: Clinical Training Partnership

Awarded: 2017/2018
 

A mouth care programme for people with dementia and swallowing problems

Lead investigator: Dr Julie Pollock

Nottingham University  Hospitals NHS Trust

Grant type: Clinical Training Fellowship

Awarded: 2018/2019
 

Tackling critical issues in dementia diagnosis, care and treatment

Lead Investigator: Professor Dag Aarsland

Institution: King’s College London

Grant type: Clinical Training Partnership 

Awarded: 2019/20

 

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

Lead Investigator: Dr Antoinette O’Connor

Institution: Institute of Neurology, University College London

Grant type: Clinical Training Fellowship

Awarded: 2018/2019

 

A mouth care programme for people with dementia and swallowing problems

Lead Investigator: Julie Pollock

Institution: Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust

Grant type: Clinical Training Fellowship

Awarded: 2018/2019

 

Helping people with dementia to better recover from delirium 

Lead Investigator: Dr Daniel Davis (Clinical Training  Partnership) 

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2017/2018


 

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

Lead Investigator: Ms Lisa Patrick (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

 

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


 

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

 

Understanding eating and drinking difficulties for people with dementia in care homes

Lead Investigator: Dr Sarah Richardson (Clinical Training Fellowship)

Institution: Newcastle University

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

 

Junior Fellowships 

Can new brains scans improve diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies?

Lead investigator: Dr Elijah Mak

Institution: University of Cambridge 

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded:  2018/2019 
 

Developing a tool to maintain compassion

Lead investigator: Dr Nuriye Kupeli

Institution: University College London

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2017/2018


 

Improving coordination in Posterior Cortical Atrophy and Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Kier Yong 

Institution: University College London

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

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


 

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


 

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

 


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


 

What causes severe forgetting in Alzheimer’s disease?

Lead Investigator: Dr Michael Craig (Junior Fellowship)

Institution: Heriot-Watt University

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


Senior Fellowships 

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

 


Understanding the needs and experiences of people affected by dementia in rural areas

Lead Investigator: Dr Fiona Jayne Marshall (Senior Fellowship)

Institution: University of Nottingham

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

 

 

PhD Studentships 

Improving driving safety assessments for people with dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Paul Donaghy 

Institution: Newcastle University

Grant type: PhD Studentship

Awarded: 2019/20


 

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

Awarded: 2019/2020

 

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

Lead Investigator: Dr Jack Wells

Institution: University College London

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2018/2019

 


Supporting family carers to carry out person-centred care

Lead Investigator: Dr Gerard Riley

Institution: University of Birmingham 

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

Helping people in care homes with hearing problems to communicate

Lead Investigator: Dr Piers Dawes

Institution: University of Manchester

Grant awarded: 2017/2018


 

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


 

Understanding the impact of visual impairment on life with dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Claire Hutchinson

Institution: University of Leicester

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

 


Understanding how people from minority ethnic backgrounds can access better support 

Lead Investigator: Dr Jan Oyebode

Institution: University of Bradford

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

Latest research projects

PREVENT Dementia: Understanding changes in the brain through mid-life

Lead Investigator: Professor Craig W Ritchie

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2019/20


 

Project grants 

Psychological interventions to tackle risk factors of dementia: Depression and anxiety

Lead Investigators: Professor Marcus Richards & Dr Joshua Stott

Institution: University College London

Grant type:  Project 

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

Understanding the factors in mid-life that increase the risk of developing dementia

Lead Investigator: Professor Craig Ritchie

Institution: University of Edinburgh/Imperial College London

Grant type:  Project

Awarded: 2015/2016 (phase 2)

 


Investigating the links between anticholinergic drugs and benzodiazepines and risk of dementia

Lead investigator: Dr George Savva

Institution: University of East Anglia

Grant type:  Project

Awarded: 2013/2014


 

Fellowships 

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

Lead Investigator: Dr Kathryn Richardson 

Institution: University of East Anglia 

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

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

Lead Investigator: Dr Sana Suri

Institution: University of Oxford

Grant type:  Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2018/2019

 


Understanding whether negative thinking influences dementia risk

Lead Investigator: Dr Natalie Marchant 

Institution: University College London

Grant type:  Senior Fellowship

Awarded: 2015/2016


 

PhD Studentships

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


 

‘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 

 


Understanding links between diabetes, infections and dementia risk 

Lead Investigator: Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Institution: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Grant type:  PhD studentship 

Awarded: 2017/2018

 

Latest research projects 

Exploring the role of the thalamus in early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator:  Dr Tim Viney

Institution:  University of Oxford

Grant type:  PhD Studentship

Awarded: 2019/20  

 

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


Investigating if peptide inhibitors can treat Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Professor David Allsop

Institution: Lancaster University

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2019/20

 

Spotting the early signs of inherited forms of frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Martina Bocchetta

Institution: University College London

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2019/20

 

Project grants

BioResource: 100,000 people to support dementia research

Lead Investigator: Professor Patrick Chinnery

Institution: University of Cambridge

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2019/2020

 

Does failed waste removal explain tau’s role in dementia?

Lead Investigator: Professor Diane Hanger

Institution: King’s College London

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2019/2020
 
 

How are changes to blood flow to the brain linked to memory and thinking problems?

Lead Investigator: Dr Alastair Webb

Institution: University of Oxford

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

Could misplaced ribonuclear proteins play a role in Alzheimer’s?

Lead Investigator: Professor John Hardy

Institution: University College London

Grant type: Project

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

Does the tau protein stop brain cells from sending inhibitory signals?

Lead Investigator: Dr Francesco Tamagnini

Institution: University of Reading

Grant awarded: 2017/2018


 

Understanding how cells in the brain called astrocytes respond to damage in the brain

Lead Investigator: Professor Stephen Wharton

Institution: University of Sheffield

Grant awarded: 2017/2018


 

Investigating who develops memory and thinking problems following a stroke and why

Lead Investigator: Professor Joanna Wardlaw

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


Investigating how fluid is drained from the brain in vascular dementia

Lead Investigator: Professor Roxana Carare 

Institution: University of Southampton

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


Can blocking the Dkk3 protein prevent the loss of connections between brain cells?

Lead Investigator: Professor Patricia Salinas

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

 


Understanding why dementia can occur after stroke

Lead Investigator: Professor Stephen Wharton

Institution: University of Sheffield

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

 


Investigating how changes to the immune system could be linked to development of Alzheimer’s disease  

Lead Investigator: Professor Paul Morgan

Institution: Cardiff University

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

 


Understanding how brain cells called astrocytes prevent toxic tau from causing nerve cell death 

Lead Investigator: Professor Maria Grazia Spillantini

Institution: University of Cambridge

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

 


Understanding whether chemical DNA tags affect the immune system in the development of Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Katie Lunnon

Institution: University of Exeter

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


Understanding how small groups of proteins are toxic to brain cells

Lead Investigator: Professor Louise Serpell

Institution: University of Sussex

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


Investigating whether a particular type of amyloid protein is linked to Alzheimer’s disease development

Lead Investigator: Professor Johannes Attems

Institution: Newcastle University

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


Improving how we study tau in the brain

Lead Investigator: Dr Diane Hanger

Institution: Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

 


Understanding how the immune system contributes to Alzheimer's disease development

Lead Investigator: Professor Will Wood

Institution: University of Bristol

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

 


Investigating how connections between brain cells are lost in dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Tara Spires-Jones

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant awarded: 2015/2016

 


Building a resource to better understand the genetics of dementia

Lead Investigator: Professor Henry Houlden

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2015/2016


 

Investigating the biological role of the Alzheimer's disease risk gene APOE

Lead Investigator: Professor Seth Love

Institution: University of Bristol

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

 


Investigating whether changes to chemical DNA tags contribute to Alzheimer's disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Katie Lunnon

Institution: University of Exeter

Grant awarded: 2014/2015

 

Fellowships 

Delving into how changes to blood circulation contributes to dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr William Whiteley

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Grant type: Clinical training partnership

Awarded: 2019/2020


 

What is the role of microglia in frontotemporal dementia? 

Lead Investigator: Dr Sarah Ryan

Institution: University of Manchester

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2019/2020


 

What can stem cells teach us about inflammation?

Lead Investigator: Dr Charles Arber

Institution: University College London

Grant type: Junior Fellowship

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

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

Lead Investigator: Dr Ashwin Venkataraman 

Institution: Imperial College London

Grant type: Clinical Training Fellowship

Awarded:  2018/2019


 

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

Lead investigator: Dr Elizabeth McKiernan

Institution: University of Cambridge

Grant awarded: 2017/2018


 

Understanding how Posterior Cortical Atrophy affects the brain

Lead Investigator:  Dr Zeinab Abdi

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2017/2018


 

Could ageing brain cells increase our risk of developing Alzheimer’s?

Lead investigator: Dr Nathaniel Woodling

Institution: University College London

Grant awarded: 2017/2018

 


Better understanding the role of a protein linked to frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Ryan West

Institution: University of Manchester

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


Understanding why certain parts of the brain are vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease

Lead Investigator: Dr Lovesha Sivanantharajah

Institution: Bangor University

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


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
 


PhD Studentships 

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


 

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
 


Investigating cell waste removal genes in frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Professor John Hardy

Institution: University College London

Grant type: PhD Studentship

Awarded: 2019/20

 


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

 

Understanding the role of mitochondria in dementia with Lewy bodies

Lead Investigator: Dr Ilse Pienaar

Institution: University of Sussex

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2018/2019


 

Saving synapses in Alzheimer's disease

Lead Investigator: Professor Patricia Salinas

Institution: University College London

Grant type: PhD studentship

Awarded: 2018/2019

 

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


 

Investigating a potential pathway in the development of frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Kurt De Vos

Institution: University of Sheffield

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


Understanding the role of the C9orf72 gene in frontotemporal dementia

Lead Investigator: Dr Kevin Talbot

Institution: University of Oxford

Grant awarded: 2016/2017

 


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

 


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

 


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

 

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