About the SDRC

The Scottish Dementia Research Consortium (SDRC) is a network of dementia researchers, policy makers and people living with dementia from across Scotland.

The main purpose of the SDRC is to champion the work of our world-class dementia researchers in all disciplines that is already taking place throughout Scotland. In addition, the SDRC aims to help develop this research further still by promoting collaboration and the sharing of new ideas among its membership.

There are over 500 members of the SDRC that engage in and support high-quality, collaborative dementia research. They work to bring the results of research into practice and to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and those who care for them. 

Above all else, the SDRC ensure that the voice and experience of people with dementia and their families are central to all research, policy and development. We want those living with dementia to not only be the focus of research but also ensure that they are represented at policy level in Scotland, the UK and across the world.

Professor Craig Ritchie, Chair of SDRC

SDRC Objectives

The SDRC are committed to supporting and strengthening the breadth and depth of dementia research continuing across Scotland. We have a set of objectives which underline everything that we do. These objectives are:

  • Bring together Scottish-based dementia researchers of all research interests and backgrounds
  • Promote collaboration and co-ordination between researchers
  • Champion the world-class dementia research taking place across Scotland
  • Work with the Scottish Government to help improve dementia services
  • Represent Scotland’s dementia research interests at national, UK, European and worldwide level
  • Ensure that the voice and views of people with dementia and their loved ones are central to all we do

Click here to view the SDRC’s Constitution

SDRC Themes

There are five areas of focus in the SDRC, known as themes, which encompass all aspects of dementia research ongoing across Scotland. Click on the following links below to find out more about these themes.

Scottish Dementia Informatics Partnership

Supporting the use linked health service data to make advances in health care by improving dementia diagnosis and treatment

Fundamental Science

The translation of promising laboratory research into the actual development of new drugs

Dementia Prevention

Improving our understanding of dementia risk factors will lead to the development of treatments that can prevent or the delay of the symptoms of dementia

Dementia Diagnosis

The ability to diagnose dementia at an early stage provides an opportunity to treat the symptoms of dementia before it progresses

Living with dementia

Ensuring that people living with dementia are treated with care and compassion throughout all stages of their life.

How do I join the SDRC?

The SDRC membership is open to everyone with an interest in dementia research. Best of all, it’s free! Click the link below for more information and to sign up today.