01 October 2013
New film highlights desperate need for dementia research volunteers
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
in partnership with Alzheimer's Research UK has released a short
film to encourage more patients and carers to take part in research
into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Dementia affects around 820,000 people in the UK - a figure that
is expected to rise to one million people by 2021.Over the past two
years the National Institute for Health Research has put millions
of pounds of extra investment into supporting clinical research
into dementia. There are many types of dementia, the most common
being Alzheimer's disease.
The film, which opens with the startling fact "that every three
minutes someone develops dementia", highlights the desperate need
for more research into diagnosis, care, preventions and treatments
of the condition. It follows Morag, who was recently diagnosed with
a form of Alzheimer's disease, and her husband and carer John as
they embark on their journey into research.
Speaking about the release of the film, Martin Rossor, Director
of the NIHR Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research
"Research has a critical role to play in improving patient care
and treatment. We hope this video shows what it's like to be part
of a clinical research study. Morag and John are just two of the
16,000 people that took part in dementia-related research over the
last year and we hope that their story encourages even more people
to get involved in research."
Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer's Research UK,
the UK's leading dementia research charity, said: "People with
dementia and their carers are an important part of the research
effort because they are experts on their own condition. By
volunteering to help with research studies, people with and without
dementia can help us gain a better insight into what causes
dementia and how we can develop new approaches to prevention and
The film 'Taking part in dementia research' is available to view
via the NIHR's YouTube channel www.youtube.com/NIHRtv .
AWP is actively recruiting to a number of research studies for
people with dementia across the trust.
For more information about research studies that
may be suitable for you or someone you care for, please
contact our Research and Development team on 0117 378 4266 or
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
you can contact the South West Dementias and Neurodegenerative
Diseases Research Network(SW DeNDRoN) on 01225 476430 or e-mail Southemail@example.com