Last year the NIHR Office of the National Director for Dementia Research launched ‘Dementia Researcher’, a new website and podcast to support early career dementia researchers.
This month the bi-weekly podcast hit over 10,000 plays, with listeners coming from more than 50 countries. Recordings are made on location and at University College London and bring together panels of early career researchers from across the country to discuss their research and issues affecting their careers, sharing advice and providing insights to their work.
Professor Rossor, NIHR Director of Dementia Research said “The fantastic influx of new funding for dementia research has helped create a new generation of researchers. We hope that providing support for the community through the dementia researcher website and podcast helps them to progress and remain in the field”.
The team behind the service report that around 50% of listeners are from outside the UK, demonstrating that the service really does have global appeal and supports essential collaborations across the globe.
Minister for Care Caroline Dinenage said “I want to make this the best country in the world to live with dementia, but to succeed we need to cultivate world-leading research into both care and cure. We must work together to promote dementia research as a career choice for the brightest and best, to help make breakthroughs into how we better support people with dementia and their families. The National Institute for Health Research are leading the way with their Dementia Researcher website to promote the benefits of working in this field, including their international podcast which has reached a fantastic 10,000 people.”
The podcast and website work together to support the community and help early career researchers collaborate, network and find the support they need; from funding opportunities, events, jobs, blogs and articles from researchers discussing their work and careers.
Anne-Marie Greenaway, PhD Student from Reading University said “This really has helped me to connect with other early career researchers from the UK and further afield. The podcasts and blogs discussing things that genuinely relate to my work, both as a PhD student and specifically because they focus on dementia, have been invaluable resources. Being able to tap into another researcher’s hindsight and experiences has made my PhD journey more manageable and less daunting.”.