The Dementias and Neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN) speciality supports the set up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS in a range of dementia and neurodegenerative diseases. Our job is to ensure that studies into dementias and neurodegeneration that are included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to make sure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.
The Government’s Challenge on Dementia sets out the ambition for England to be the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases by 2020. Dementia research is fully embedded in NHS clinical practice. Expertise exists in all stages and types of dementia, from pre-symptomatic through mild cognitive impairment to more advanced stages. This includes Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementias, vascular cognitive impairment, mixed dementias, frontotemporal dementia and other less common forms. Studies span the full translational research pathway.
We also support studies into neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Motor Neurone Disease and ensure they are delivered to time and target.
We support researchers from across a range of disciplines including neurology, old age psychiatry, geriatric medicine, genetics, general practice, psychology, nursing and other allied health professions. We deliver this research across a wide range of health care settings, including primary and community care, mental health services and acute hospitals.
We are working with NHS trusts, research funders and patient support organisations to promote the successful delivery of research studies in the NHS that will address patient’s needs. We help researchers to understand how their studies into dementias and neurodegenerative diseases will work in the NHS.
Where there are considerable overlaps with other specialty areas, for example neurological disorders, mental health and age and aging, we work closely with our colleagues from across the network to deliver high quality collaborative research.
Watch an animation below about how to get involved with Join Dementia Research, the UK-wide service that matches people to local dementia research studies.
Find dementias and neurodegeneration studies taking place in your area using the map below:
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Visit the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website for information on dementias and neurodegeneration studies taking place in Berkshire.
Visit the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust websites for information on dementias and neurodegeneration studies taking place in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Register to be told of dementia studies you could take part in at joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk.
Find studies you could participate in at bepartofresearch.nihr.ac.uk.