There are lots of opportunities for people with dementia or mild cognitive impairment to register to take part in research. Hospitals, universities, charities and other research organisations often advertise for volunteers to help test services, treatments and medical or drugs research.
The cognitive neurology service at St George’s Hospital and the linked Neuroscience Research Centre at St George’s University of London have an active programme of research into dementia, including clinical trials of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease. If you are a patient in our clinic, you may be approached by your doctor about suitable studies. We also recruit patients via the Join Dementia Research facility.
The Join Dementia Research service is a national database of volunteers interested in taking part in dementia research. User register their interest and can search for studies in their area. It lets organisations connect with suitable volunteers to help them understand the causes of dementia and to develop effective treatments.
Join Dementia Research is being funded by the Department of Health and is delivered in partnership with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society.
You can sign up to Join Dementia Research or register a person with dementia on their behalf – with their consent.
The Dementia Research Centre (DRC) is based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery is one of the UK’s leading centres for clinical research into dementia. They use volunteers who have registered through the Join Dementia Research service.
The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research team run many research studies every year and often advertises opportunities on their website.
They also look for volunteer carers and people with dementia to join their Research Network. The volunteer’s experiences help to shape funding applications, set research priorities and ensures research addresses the real needs of people with dementia and their supporters and carers. All volunteers are offered training and support.
You can also sign up to receive copies of the Alzheimer’s Society Care and Cure dementia research magazine for details of their research programs and their work to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their families.