We're here for all dementia research in Scotland

The Scottish Dementia Research Consortium celebrates and supports all dementia research taking place across the country. We are a membership organisation including researchers, healthcare professionals, people living with dementia and anyone else with an interest in research. 

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Technology for Dementia Prevention and Brain Health Workshop

The SDRC with the DHI are organising a workshop designed to share ideas and promote innovation around technologies for brain health and dementia prevention

SDRC Annual Report 2021/22

Read our latest report from the SDRC, which gives an update on what we’ve been up to as well as an overview of brain health and dementia research activity in the past 12 months

Scottish Dementia and Brain Health Research Strategy

Read the first Research Strategy into dementia and brain health in Scotland

Blog: Strengthening dementia education research through collaboration

In this blog, we hear about how a chance encounter at an SDRC Conference led to developments in dementia knowledge and education research. Read on to find out more... Harnessing the power of the SDRC: strengthening dementia education research through collaboration As...

Research Participant Blog: Eileen Penman

The SDRC are pleased to be able to continue our Research Involvement blog series, featuring participants in research across Scotland. This blog series aims to share experiences of different perspectives of research as well as tips and lessons for researchers. Our...

What’s is like to live with dementia and want to plan ahead? Film by Tharin Phenwan

What's it like living with dementia and want to plan ahead? A film by Tharin Phenwan   Postgraduate Researcher Tharin Phenwan, from the School of Health Sciences, has filmed a short monologue as part of his research output for the study 'Advance Care Planning...

We cry again

Our fourth blog in the Research Involvement series is by Lorna Walker who is an NDCAN member. If you are an SDRC member that would like to contribute a guest blog for this series, please get in touch with us.  Research involvement is only possible when people who have...

I Got Involved and then it was Radio Silence

In today's Research Involvement blog, we are featuring Marion Ritchie, member of the National Dementia Carers Action Network (NDCAN) who has been involved in research for many years. Marion is just one of many people we have been speaking to their experiences of...

A Bicycle Built for Two…or More: Collaboration in Research

A Bicycle Built for Two….or More: Collaboration in Research In the second blog of our new series we hear from Dr Margaret Brown, Senior Lecturer and Depute Director of the Alzheimer Centre for Policy and Practice at University of the West of Scotland. Read Margaret's...

That’s a good idea!

At SDRC we have been speaking to different people about their experiences of involvement in dementia research and are delighted to be publishing a series of blogs, sharing tips and lessons for us all. Our first blog in this new Research Involvement series is from...

Care home lockdown and the impact on families: Rapid Study Update

Care home lockdown and the impact on families: what hurt, what helped and what happens next   At the end of last year, we published a researcher blog from those involved in the Creative Covid Care study. This blog outlined their work on the experiences of...

Guest Blog: Marianne Cranwell

Today's blog is from Marianne Cranwell, who in undertaking a PhD at the University of Dundee. Marianne talks about her PhD journey, and the changes that have happened along the way. Hi, my name is Marianne, I am an ESRC funded PhD student in the school of Education...

Guest Blog: Jennifer Waymont

Today's blog is from Jenny Waymont, who recently completed her PhD and is now working with Brain Health Scotland. You may recognise Jenny from previous blogs, and also featured as an ECR in the SDRC Annual Report 2020. Jenny tells us about her where her career is...

The launch of the SDRC Annual Report 2021/22

The SDRC Annual Report 2022, launched at the SDRC Annual Conference on Monday 9th May. It outlines what research has been ongoing in dementia and brain health research in Scotland in the past 12 months. It includes the updates from each of the SDRC Research Themes, as...

Research Strategy Oversight Board Chair: Henry McLeish

The Scottish Dementia Research Consortium, Brain Health Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland are delighted to announce the appointment of Henry McLeish as the Chair of the Scottish Brain Health and Dementia Research Strategy Oversight Board.  In July 2021, the SDRC,...

New SDRC Executive Committee Member: Dr Leah Macaden

The SDRC are delighted that Dr Leah Macaden has agreed to be co-opted to the SDRC Executive Committee. Given the change of circumstances of the SDRC Executive Committee in 2020/21, it was decided to co-opt new members between now and the next election support our...

New SDRC Executive Committee Member: Dr Jennifer Macfarlane

Given the change of circumstances of the SDRC Executive Committee in 2020/21, the committee have decided to co-opt Jennifer to the Executive to support our growing activities as we emerge from the pandemic. Find out more in Jennifer's biography below. Jen Macfarlane...

Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) 2021 Annual Report

The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP) has launched its Annual Celebration Report, 2021. It has a focus on education success and also features their work in applied research and their support of evidence based policy and practice work. We are...

NHS Research Scotland Neuroprogressive and Dementia Research Network Strategy Launch

On 3rd December 2021, the NHS Research Scotland Neuroprogressive and Dementia Research Network (NRS NDN) launched a new strategy.  It sets out the Network's intention to involve, engage with, and support people with lived experience of neuroprogressive conditions or...

Dementia Researcher Podcast: Brain Health and Dementia Research Strategy

  On the 18th October, Adam Smith interviewed SDRC Chair Craig Ritchie and Director of Policy and Practice at Alzheimer Scotland on the Dementia Researcher Podcast. They were discussing the recently launched Scottish Brain Health and Dementia Research Strategy....

Treating dementia, what’s next and how do we get there?

On the 21st September 2021, World Alzheimer's Day, Alzheimer Scotland held their annual conference. It was a virtual event which was attended by people with dementia, carers, practitioners and other members of the public from all over Scotland.  In the afternoon...

Ten years of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre: past, present, and future

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre (ASDRC) is in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and provides a high quality environment for dementia research. On the 21st September 2021, the ASDRC celebrated its 10th Anniversary. To celebrate this, they...

RCPsych Awards 2021: Nominations for Dr Tom Russ and Dr Lucy Stirland

At the SDRC, we are always excited when we can share success of dementia and brain health researchers working in Scotland. We'd like to offer our congratulations to Dr Lucy Stirland and SDRC Executive Committee Member Dr Tom Russ for their recent nominations for a...

What do the SDRC do?

The purpose of the SDRC is to provide support for dementia research across Scotland. We do this by celebrating and championing the work already ongoing as well as nurturing growth. We also promote collaboration by encouraging researchers within and across institutions and disciplines to work together, and to help them gain a better understanding of each other’s work.

The following are some examples of what we do for our members:

 

  • Organising events for researchers to learn from each other and network.
  • Producing blogs featuring researchers who discuss their work and share experiences. We also have our own Twitter account (make sure to follow us!)
  • Conducting our own research and produce publications which delve into the dementia and brain health research landscape in Scotland
  • Support researchers, particularly early career researchers by providing personal and professional development opportunities. 

Find out more about what the SDRC do

How can I be a part of the SDRC?

The Scottish Dementia Research Consortium is the biggest network of brain health and dementia research in Scotland.

We are community of over 600 members. We work together to bring research into practice and also to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and those who care for them.

Membership for the SDRC is free and open to all.