Our blogs cover a whole range of topics, to help early career dementia researchers (ECRs). Our contributors share information about their research, from social care to basic science, share advice from their own experiences, careers tips, what they learned from recent training events and conferences and much more. We have a small team of ECR staff bloggers who write each month, on a whole range of topics and every year we add more people who discuss their experiences of studying at particular places or on different topics. In addition to our staff bloggers, we welcome one-off contributions, and curate and link to content from other great sources, including our charity partners, the LSE Impact Blog, Nature Careers and where ever great support can be found.
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How do you feel when your colleagues win grants? Is it okay to celebrate success, when others around you are less fortunate? Anna has been conflcted
Stepping out on your own doesn’t have to be scary, if you got this far, you’re ready. Dr Anna Volkmer discusses her new found research freedom.
Anna has some big news… and some top tips for anyone applying for an NIHR Advanced Fellowship, essential reading for Clinical Academics
Future-proof your research and Preregister your next study. In this blog Dr Anna Volkmer will explain why and the benefits.
Do research funders and those responsible for comissioning service favour quantative research over qualitative? Dr Anna Volkmer thinks so
Dr Anna Volkmer questions how you sustain the Academic element of being a ‘Clinical Academic’, and how many hours per week justifies keepin the title? And is it possible to be a commited academic whilst also being a dedicated clinician?
In September Dr Anna Volkmer described the trials and tribulations of going for gold, in other words open access publication. Well, she promised to update us, and in this blog she does (spoiler alert – the paper is now in the public domain)
You’d think if your research discovers something that could help thousands of people it would get commissioned, right? Dr Anna Volkmer explores the challenges of translating research findings into every-day clinical services.
Publishing your research is great, but its even better if read it. In this blog Dr Anna Volkmer discusses her current efforts to make a new publication open access.
Dr Anna Volkmer had a strange dream… one we feel sure would never come to pass. In this blog Anna share her top tips for surviving the unstable and insecure life of an ECR
Dr Anna Volkmer discusses her career path, and provides tips for Clinical Academics navigating the NIHR Academic Training Programme and applying for Fellowships.
Dr Anna Volkmer shares how she approaches PPI when those people have cognitive and communication difficulties – advice for 1st timers.
Dr Anna Volkmer shares her top nine reasons for supervising students and shares her own experiences of transitioning from student to leader – read and listen on our website or in your podcast app
Dr Anna Volkmer has used both qualitative and quantitative research methods in her work with people living with dementia, in this blog she discusses Thematic Analysis a core method in the researchers’ arsenal.
Guest Blog – Dementia care over the last 25 years: From “there is nothing we can do” to “a range of interventions”
We need more dementia researchers to make use of the funding available, and to ensure we can find new treatments and ways to improve care and eventually beat the disease. Dr Anna Volkmer takes us through a few of the discoveries research has found in the past 25 years.
Guest Blog – Implementation Science: Why Dementia Research is the most exciting place to be working……
What motivates you in your work? What drives you and gives you the passion continue? Dr Anna Volkmer discusses her own work, and how she finds the implementation of discovery exciting.
Dr Anna Volkmer discusses her experience of undertaking a systematic review. Great for anyone attempting this themselves for the first time.
In her latest blog, Speech and Language Therapy Researchers, Dr Anna Volkmer talks to the value of conversation analysis, as a tool for life, not just for dementia – read or hear Anna read her own words.
In her latest blog, Dr Anna Volkmer questions the value of the rating scales we use in research to assess loneliness, and Speech and Language Therapy interventions. Do they really prove that therapy is or isn’t working?
Dr Anna Volkmer discusses the lack of diversity within her research and clinical communities, and how this is detrimental to patients and how she wants to help change the status quo.
Dr Anna Volkmer blogs about her experience of completing her PhD, and how she worked to ensure she didn’t ‘fall off the edge’.
Anna Volkmer (now Dr Volkmer) shares the story behind her on / off viva, and working on amendments, parenting and work during lockdown.
Is to possible to have security and stability while also pursuing a career as a researcher? Anna Volkmer discusses in this blog about research culture, and what needs to change.
Do you get a sense of loss after hitting those major milestones? Publishing an article, handing in your thesis… In this Blog Anna Volkmer reflects on the tips she has learned for dealing with the pre-viva lull.
Can the research culture inside the NHS be improved? What role can non clinicians play? New blog from Anna Vollkmer discussing research culture inside the health service.
New blog from Anna Volkmer – sharing further info from last weeks 1st meeting of a group of researchers all interested in using qualitative research methods with people with communication difficulties and dementia.
New blog from Anna Volkmer – An international collaboration: Spreading the word on speech and language therapy approaches to managing primary progressive aphasia.
Monthly blog from Anna Volkmer, from University College London, discussing her research, work and getting through her PhD.
Blog from Anna Volkmer, from University College London, discussing her conference and talk preparations.
New Blog from Anna Volkmer, discussing her experience of successfully applying for a fellowship.
Guest Blog – The mysterious disappearance research participants- Tips and Hints for recruiting in the NHS
New Blog from Anna Volkmer, talking about her experience of finding and retaining study participants..
New Blog from Anna Volkmer, talking about her experience of podcasting with Dementia Researcher.
New Blog from Anna Volkmer, sharing a few tips and hints that seemed small but have really helped her on route through her PhD.
New Blog from Anna Volkmer, discusses how her presentation style has developed, and provides her tips and advice for impactful presentations
New Blog from Anna Volkmer, Reflecting on what we do and don’t know as we start 2019, and what more can and should be done.
Guest Blog – from down under: Attending the International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias 2018 in Sydney
New Blog from Anna Volkmer, Cutting to the good stuff – 10 great things about this years ICFTD Conference
Our regular monthly blog from Anna Volkmer
Blog from Anna Volkmer, sharing exciting news on her work and publication on support for people with language led dementia
Blog from Anna Volkmer, sharing her experiences with the benefit of hindsight
Sharing experiences of one person who made the leap to working and studying the UK
Blog from Anna Volkmer, exploring life as a researcher and mother.
Debunking some of the myths around academia can help health professionals take their first steps onto this career path.