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Dementia Action Week 2024: Take part in our research

caring for an elderly patient, dementia

Dementia Action Week (13-19 May 2024) is a national event which raises awareness of dementia and encourages people to take action to improve the lives of people affected by it.

This Dementia Action Week (13-19 May 2024), we wanted to highlight some of the important dementia research we’re doing and how you can get involved.

The benefits of research

Our clinical research helps contribute to developing new treatments, understanding and preventing illnesses, and improving our patients' quality of life.

Taking part in our studies means you may have the chance to receive a new therapy, new intervention or new treatment. It may also help you gain a better understanding of your condition and feel more in control of your care.

Dementia research studies

We’re currently recruiting for participants for two studies involving people diagnosed with dementia and their carers:


Dementia can have a great impact on the lives of people living with the condition and their caregivers. As it progresses, the person with dementia will experience more difficulties and will gradually become more dependent on others. This is usually accompanied with greater loss in memory and thinking abilities than are experienced by other people of the same age. This pilot study will consider how these changes in the memory and thinking skills, or cognition, relate to changes that can be determined from blood samples. This study is recruiting participants aged 50 years and above who live in Berkshire and have been diagnosed with dementia or mild cognitive impairment or have reported to their GP with memory complaints. We’re also looking for cognitively healthy individuals aged over 50 as part of this comparison study.

Contact our research team to find out more quoting 'FAST' study (opens a new browser tab)

Recruitment end date is 31 December 2024

Online therapy for carers

This study is looking for family members who are currently supporting a person with dementia, to take part in an online therapy programme. This new therapy helps people to learn how to live with distressing thoughts and feelings, and how to cope with difficulties that are out of their control such as caring responsibilities, while still trying to do things that really matter to them. Participants should be over 18 years of age, be supporting a family member with dementia, and would like to receive support for worries and/or distress.

Contact our research team to find out more Quoting 'iACT4CARERS' study (opens a new browser tab)

Recruitment end date is 1 August 2025.

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