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Dementia: AHSC programme

Our AHSC (Academic Health Science Centre) drives pioneering research in prevention, early diagnosis, novel therapies and models of care to address this challenge of an estimated 72,000 Londoners are living with dementia.

According to the Health Vision for London, an estimated 72,000 Londoners are living with dementia, including around 3,700 people living with young onset dementia (onset under 65). If current trends continue, there will be a 40% increase in the number of people living with this condition by 2025. Our AHSC drives pioneering research in prevention, early diagnosis, novel therapies and models of care to address this challenge, working with the UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL.

The AHSC aims to leverage the infrastructure of UCLPartners to set up and support studies on dementia and neurodegeneration that will benefit from the large and diverse population that live across the UCLPartners region.

We are interested in studying dementia and cognitive impairment across the diverse population to understand disease risk and mechanisms. We are keen to work with clinicians to support recruitment of people from all backgrounds into trials and studies. We will link in with other large population-based initiatives and expertise.

Core objectives

(correct as of September 2021)

  • To engage stakeholders across UCLPartners to create a network of interested psychiatrists and neurologists
  • To identify barriers to engagement and recruitment in memory clinics across UCLPartners
  • To identify unmet needs to support clinical research in memory clinics
  • To develop networks of clinicians and clinical researchers interested in dementia across UCLPartners

If you are interested in getting in touch, or getting involved please contact co-directors Ruth Dobson (QMUL) ruth.dobson@qmul.ac.uk and Rimona Weil (UCL) r.weil@ucl.ac.uk