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Helping you play your part in beating dementia

Every 3 minutes someone develops dementia in the UK, and for the first time, it is now the leading cause of death in England & Wales. And yet, five times fewer researchers choose to work in dementia than in cancer. To tackle this challenge head on, we need to support emerging talent. That’s where you come in.

Being an early career researcher can be incredibly rewarding and challenging too. It is as much about new discoveries, collaborations and ideas as it is about the pressure to publish papers and the competition for funding. So, we’ve put our heads together to create a website just for you. A place to go to when you need some inspiration or want to get advice from other early career researchers and leading experts.


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The people behind Dementia Researcher

The Dementia Researcher website and podcast were launched in March 2018, in response to the Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia. The challenge called for "Dementia research to become the career opportunity of choice, with the UK being the best place for Dementia Research through a partnership between patients, researchers, funders and society". It also recognised that "doing more research requires training researchers across the spectrum – neuroscientists, translational, clinical, care and implementation researchers; and supporting clinical and broader health and care academic training pathways in key specialties and supporting methodologies".

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society - Dementia Researcher was created by the Office of the NIHR National Director for Dementia Research, based within the Queen Square Dementia Biomedical Research Centre at University College London - under the direction of Professor Martin Rossor and led by Programme Director Adam Smith.

The website and companion podcast aim to provide information and support for Early Career Dementia Researchers (ECRs), based within the UK and across the world. It consolidates listings of available funding opportunities, jobs and events and shares relevant science, careers, and research content from other sources. The team behind the website also bring together ECRs to share their own thoughts on career topics and research in the form of blogs, webinars, and a regular fortnightly podcast. Additionally, the service has a support community and regular social networking events. The service continues to expand and has sought out opportunities to collaborate with other institutions from across the world to expand its offering and support for its core aims:

  • Support Early Career Dementia Researchers to network with colleagues from within their own field, and in other areas of science.
  • To create and collate content that will enrich the research environment for Early Career Researchers.
  • To enable Early Career Researchers to succeed in their chosen field, and to be aware of the tools, organisations, and support systems available to them, and make it easier for them to find and access those resources.
  • To encourage, and where possible support, Early Career Dementia Researchers to continue to choose dementia as their chosen area of speciality and remain in research.
  • To encourage young people, and researchers from other diseases and professions to choose dementia as their area of speciality.

If you would like to contribute to the website, or collaborate to expand the reach and services provided by the website, please get in touch using our contact us page.


Meet the people behind the website:

Professor Martin Rossor, NIHR National Director for Dementia Research

Adam Smith, Programme Director

Dr Megan O'Hare, Research Associate

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