Institute for Ageing

Dementia Research

Dementia Research in Newcastle

Dementia research in Newcastle is the culmination of multi-disciplinary research teams, combining knowledge and understanding of different aspects of the dementia pathway in order to provide a better outcome for patients and their families.

Newcastle University as a Centre of Excellence in Dementia

In June 2017, Newcastle University was announced as an Alzheimer’s Society Centre of Excellence. Through this centre, we will develop and test a ‘good practice’ model of primary care-led, post diagnostic dementia care that will be cost effective, person centred and sustainable.

The Centre will explore:

  • Successful examples of GP-led care for dementia and other long term illnesses (e.g. diabetes, depression
  • Current experiences of the Dementia Care Community (DCC) i.e. service users (people with dementia and their families), providers and commissioners and their views on the proposed 2016 model
  • Costs of current model(s) using data from an ongoing project looking at future dementia care cost

In addition, Newcastle University leads the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Group on Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care (DePEC). This group is dedicated to improving the health of patients and public in low and middle-income countries and combines expertise in public health and primary care, with global epidemiological research. Researchers in Newcastle collaborate with colleagues in countries such as Malaysia, Tanzania and India to develop global solutions to the dementia challenge.

'Every three seconds' video

This year, we teamed up with ITN Productions to create a film that highlights the work of Professor Louise Robinson and the teams she leads for the Alzheimer's Society Centre of Excellence and the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care (DePEC). 

Approaches to dementia care varies globally, but research has also found that levels for care following a dementia diagnosis can also differ greatly depending on where you live in England. The following film highlights activities from Newcastle University that look at the best way to support people living with dementia and those caring for loved ones with dementia, no matter where you live. We hear from academics from Newcastle University, a carer supporting a loved one with dementia, and a specialist dementia nurse. They discuss how access to the right facilities can make a huge difference to the support that families and individuals receive.

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A full spectrum of dementia research in Newcastle

In addition to dementia care research, below we have outlined the full spectrum of work in this area throughout Newcastle University. Dementia research in Newcastle is multi-disciplinary and we have robust relationships with a range of external partners.

This supports a comprehensive research programme that seeks to understand how to diagnose, treat and cure the disease, but also how to support those living with dementia, thier families, friends and carers.