Dementia Research in Scotland

Scotland’s dementia research community is strong tradition of impactful research with outcomes that improve the lives of people living with dementia and those who care for them. Visit our Research Themes page for an overview of the types of ongoing research taking place in Scotland.

Below are a series of publications which demonstrate this impact and outline plans for the future of Scottish dementia research.

Become an SDRC Member, visit our news and events pages to get more frequent updates of research activity. Also make sure and follow us on twitter.

SDRC Annual Report 2021/22

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 2021. 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.

The main aim of the strategy is to expedite the process from which research moves into practice which improves the lives of those living with dementia and people who care for them. This can be done through maximising collaboration not only across different research disciplines, but also how to share best practice across different parts of the country. 

The strategy also explores how we can increase involvement of researchers, including research participants and volunteers.

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

 

Dementia Research Themes

Learn about the different types of research relating to dementia and brain health that are taking place across Scotland today

Find out more

Hear more from researchers in our blog pages

Early Career Researchers: Emma Russell

Read our new blog below from Emma Russell, as part of the SDRC's series of blogs from PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers in dementia and brain health.  Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with the series.  I am a doctoral candidate studying at the University...

Early Career Researchers: Mizuki Morisaki

Next in the SDRC's blog series focussing on early career researchers, is a blog from Mizuki Morisaki, a PhD student at the University of St Andrews. Mizuki's work relates to the SDRC's Fundamental Science theme.  I am a third year PhD student at the School of...

COVID Impact on ECRs: Angela Gregory

You may have read over the past few weeks we have been sharing blogs from Early Career Researchers on how COVID has been impacting their research and career prospects. Today's blog is by Angela Gregory, PhD Student at the University of the West of Scotland and...

Early Career Researchers: Tharin Phenwan

Today's guest blog is from Tharin Phenwan, who is a PhD student at the University of Dundee. Throughout August, the SDRC are celebrating our next generation of researchers by devoting a series of blogs to PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers. Read the series so far...

Early Career Researchers: Clarisse de Vries

Throughout the next two weeks, the SDRC are celebrating our next generation of researchers by publishing a series of blogs from PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers that were featured in the SDRC Annual Report 2019/20. First, we have Clarisse de Vries, whose...

Early Career Researchers: Anna Jack-Waugh

You may have seen that throughout August, the SDRC are celebrating our next generation of researchers by devoting a series of blogs to PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers. Read the series so far here This blog is by Anna Jack-Waugh, who is based at the University...

Early Career Researchers: Luisa Parkinson

In the coming days, the SDRC are publishing a series of blogs featuring those that were in the SDRC Annual Report 2019/20.  Read about Luisa Parkinson's research as a PhD student from the University of Edinburgh in this excerpt below. I am in my second year of my PhD...

Early Career Researchers: Bryan Mitchell

Throughout August, the SDRC are celebrating our next generation of researchers by publishing a series of blogs to PhD Students/ Early Career Researchers.  For the first week, we are featuring those that were in the SDRC Impact Report 2019. Read about Bryan Mitchell,...

COVID Impact on ECRs: Maria Drummond

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 Maria Drummond, PhD Student at the University of Glasgow My name is Maria...

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...

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.