SDRC Research Themes

Diagnosis

Research to discover or improve new methods to allow dementia to be detected more accurately and quickly. This is important because earlier diagnosis enables treatment plans to be more effective.

Fundamental Science

Lab-based research which helps identify discover new drugs. We work to discover medical treatments so we can prevent, delay or reduce the symptoms of dementia.

Living with Dementia

This research leads to a better understanding of the experience of dementia. This can allow us to find new ways to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers today. 

Prevention

Prevention research is about how and at what point in a person’s life they start developing dementia.

This theme also looks at how other factors can increase or decrease the speed of progression. These can include lifestyle and genetics.

Informatics

Using the data that already exists to identify ways to improve the experience of dementia. This includes health data but can also include any other data, e.g social media.

SDRC Annual Report 2020/21

Read the latest SDRC report, which provides an overview of the work with each SDRC research theme. It also details the output of all dementia and brain health research in Scotland, including investment, published papers and impact. 

Hear more from researchers in our blog pages

How COVID has Impacted Early Career Researchers: July 2020 Survey Findings

You may be aware, since the start of the pandemic, the SDRC have been communicating with members on the impact of Covid on dementia research. At the start of lockdown, we ran a survey to find out how the pandemic has affected ECRs.  From this we created a report,...

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...

New SDRC Executive Committee Member: Dr Tom Russ

Following our recent SDRC Executive Committee election, we have seven new researchers join us.  The full list of members is available here. We are delighted to announce Dr Tom Russ as one of the newest members. Find out more about Tom below.  I trained in medicine and...

The launch of the SDRC Annual Report 2020/21

The SDRC Annual Report 2020/21, launched at the SDRC Annual Conference 2021 on Wednesday 16th June. It outlines what research has been ongoing in dementia and brain health research in Scotland in the past 12 months. Of course, it heavily features the impact COVID has...

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...

National Workshops- Patient Public Involvement

NHS Research Scotland (NRS) has funded a small bid from the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow to run some Patient Public Involvement (PPI) Workshops. The idea of the workshops is to have a collective dialogue about how we progress PPI in...

SDRC Virtual Conference 2020 Summary

On the 7th September 2020, the SDRC hosted our fifth annual conference. The Conference was our biggest event yet. Over 240 people registered to attend, with three plenary speakers, eight early career researchers, 15 poster exhibitors and four exhibition stands. Thank...

SDRC Support for Early Career Researchers

The SDRC aim to be here for all dementia researchers based in Scotland. Of course, supporting ECRs is a key part of this, and we want to do all we can to nurture emerging talent and help develop the future leaders in dementia and brain health research. As was part of...

Alzheimer Scotland welcomes announcement of Scottish Brain Health Register

Scotland’s largest annual dementia conference (Friday 8 June, EICC, Edinburgh) will see the official launch of the newly created Scottish Brain Health Register. The register is led by the Scottish Dementia Informatics Platform (part of the...

New SDRC Executive Committee Member: Stina Saunders

Our final announcement of new SDRC Executive Committee members is Stina Saunders. We are delighted to have Stina joining us and look forward to working with her and all the new members. Find out more about Stina in the blog below.   I am in the final year of my PhD at...

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