Dementia Research in Scotland

The SDRC promotes and supports all dementia research in Scotland. Our membership and our Executive Committee, is diverse and represents all types of dementia and brain health research. The SDRC seperate the different disciplines of dementia research in Scotland themes, which you can find more about here.


At the SDRC, we encourage and promote researchers across all these disciplines to work together. This is so we can produce outcomes that have real world impact. We also want to support researchers in their personal and professional development. Find out more about what we’re up to below. Visit news and events pages to get updates of SDRC activity and of our members. Also make sure and follow us on twitter

SDRC Annual Report 2020/21

Read the latest SDRC report, which provides an overview of the work with each SDRC research theme. 

In addition, we also provide results on our mapping of the research that has taken place in Scotland in 2020. This includes grant awards, published papers and international collaboration.

It also details the output of all dementia and brain health research in Scotland, including investment, published papers and impact. 

Click here to read the report

Scottish Brain Health and Dementia Research Strategy

This is the first dedicated research strategy which outlines the strategic vision and ambition to make Scotland the best place in the world for dementia and brain health research.

Click here to read the strategy

How can I get involved in dementia research in Scotland?

Join Dementia Research

Anybody over the age of 18 can take part in dementia research in Scotland. The first step is signing up to support vital research studies across the nation. 

Join Dementia Research is UK-wide service which allows you to register your interest to take part in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies. The register is open to anyone – so you do not need to have a diagnosis of dementia or any family history of the illness. You can also sign up someone else to the register, if you have their consent to do so.

Visit the Join Dementia Research website for more information. You can also find out more about volunteering for dementia research studies by calling Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 Hour helpline on  0808 808 3000


Hear more from researchers in our blog pages

Early Career Researchers: Jennifer Waymont

Today's bio in our Early Career Researcher blog series is from Jennifer Waymont at the University of Aberdeen.   Jenny Waymont is a PhD candidate in Medical Imaging at the University of Aberdeen. Her PhD thesis is on the automated detection and analysis of white...

Early Career Researchers: Shaun Stone

We start off the fourth week of the SDRC's blog series on Early Career Researchers from Shaun Stone from the University of Aberdeen. Shaun's research relates to the SDRC's Diagnosis theme, which you can find out more about here. Shaun Stone is a final year PhD ERC...

Early Career Researchers: Martha Pollard

We hope you are enjoying our blog series which is celebrating our next generation of researchers, featuring those that were in the SDRC Annual Report 2019/20.  Our final blog is by Martha Pollard, from the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Resource Centre. Read about...

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...

COVID Impact on ECRs: Michael Smith

In the coming days, the SDRC are publishing a series of blogs featuring Early Career Researchers who are sharing how COVID has impacted their research and career prospects.  Today's blog is by Michael Smith, a PhD student from UWS. A Deep roots are not reached by the...

Early Career Researchers: Stina Saunders

Throughout August, the SDRC are publishing a series of blogs from PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers in dementia and brain health.   For the first week, we are featuring those that were in the SDRC Impact Report 2019.  Read about Stina Saunders' research as a PhD...

Early Career Researchers: Kaitlyn Hair

Today the SDRC are delighted to share a guest blog from Kaitlyn Hair, a PhD student from the University of Edinburgh. If you would like to write a blog for the SDRC website, get in touch I’m a meta-researcher – which means I do research ON research. This was not a...

Early Career Researchers: Linda Nicholson

Our blog today is by Linda Nicholson, a part-time Ph.D. student at the University of Dundee. Linda is also a registered nurse and is currently a Lecturer in Applied Life Sciences. Read more about Linda’s research below My current research project is focussed around...

COVID Impact on ECRs: Angus Addlesee

Following on from the SDRC's busy week last week of launching both our Resource Funding and our Mentorship Scheme, we are pleased to bring you more blogs from our Early Career Researcher members, sharing how COVID has impacted them professionally and personally....

Early Career Researchers: Miles Welstead

Following on from our very successful August PhD student and Early Career Researcher blog series, we have many more blogs to share with you during September! Our first one is by Miles Welstead.  Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with the series. I am a PhD...

How can I be a part of the SDRC?

The SDRC is the biggest network of dementia and brain health research in Scotland. We all work together to celebrate and grow the research community.

Membership is free and open to all.