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Alzheimer's Society researcher newsletter - July 2017

Dear Penny,  

Welcome to our July update. It was great to see some of you at AAIC recently, if you missed the conference you can read about some of the highlights in our blog. Read on for more information about our latest funding rounds, dementia friendly awards and more.

We'd also like to give a special mention to the researchers at the University of Exeter who successfully completed a gruelling 350 mile bike ride from London to Paris to raise money for us. Thank you so much for supporting us and for your amazing achivement. The team are just short of their £12,000 target - if you're feeling generous, it would be great to see them achieve their goal. 


Project, PhD and Fellowship grant rounds open

We have just opened our latest funding round for projects, PhDs and fellowships. Applications are due by midday 29th September. For more information about these grants and for the latest applicant guidance visit our website. 

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Have you got research findings to share in new and innovative ways?

Our Dissemination Grants provide funding to support the sharing of research knowledge and material beyond the researcher’s own peer groups. They encourage researchers to communicate and engage with people who may be helped and supported by the outcomes of their research. Applicants can apply for up to £2,500 and we have deadlines quarterly throughout the year. Our next deadline is midday 31st August.

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The Dementia Research Institute is hiring

The DRI is currently hiring programme leaders - visit the website for further details. 

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Clinical training partnerships

We’re pleased to announce the second round for this funding call that we are piloting in 2017. This scheme aims to work in partnership with institutions that wish to increase the numbers of clinicians and healthcare professionals working in the field of dementia. The call invites prospective supervisors to apply for the funding of multiple projects (2-3) and appoint the fellows after the application is funded. The fellowships are for clinicians or healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses or other allied health professionals) to undertake study towards a higher degree (usually a PhD). Alzheimer’s Society funding is intended to cover up to 50% of the total cost of each fellow. The deadline for applications is 29th September. 

Find out more by downloading the call specification from our website.

Need help applying for our project, PhD or fellowship grants?

We are hosting a webinar that will guide potential applicants through our applications process. The webinar lasts one hour and it will cover the grants that we offer, upcoming deadlines and tips for developing and submitting an application. Those participating in the webinar will be able to ask questions about our grants programme and the application process. 

We will be running this webinar on multiple dates: 

  • 12:30-13:30 Friday 25th August 
  • 12:30-13:30 Friday 8th September 
To participate, you will need to be a researcher based at a UK research institution or NHS trust but do not need to be funded by Alzheimer's Society. You will also need to have access to a phone and a computer. 

If you’d like to participate in this webinar, please email indicating the date you would like to attend. 

Are you a dementia innovator? Nominations for our Dementia Friendly Awards now open!

We’re excited to announce that nominations are open for our 4th year of Dementia Friendly awards. We’re looking for nominations for Dementia Innovation of the Year which recognises individuals or teams developing knowledge, new products, projects, initiatives or services that have demonstrated potential to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. To find out more about our eligibility criteria visit our website. Nominations close at midnight on Monday 21st August 2017.

Interested in learning more about the IDEAL study?

The IDEAL study is a large longitudinal study that is investigating what living well means to people with dementia. The study team are now planning a series of masterclasses (run via webinars) for early career researchers and would like your input on potential topics and areas that you’d like to learn more about. Please send your ideas and suggestions to Dr Anthony Martyr

Doing Dementia Design conference 14-15 September 2017

Join this exciting conference to learn and share the latest research in dementia friendly design. The 2017 Doing Dementia Design conference will take place in the John Lennon Art and Design Building at Liverpool John Moores University. Who should attend? 

• Anyone who designs or commissions, develops or manages buildings, homes and public spaces 

• Anyone with an interest in policies, regulations or standards for development of the built environment

 • Anyone who cares about the creation of communities which include rather than exclude people living with dementia For more information and to book, go to:

The Alzheimer’s Disease Prediction Of Longitudinal Evolution (TADPOLE) challenge now open!

TADPOLE is a unique opportunity to get involved in the international fight against Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia.  The challenge is to predict future measurements from individuals at risk of AD with the aim of understanding how to make such predictions better and thus to facilitate treatment development, e.g. by improving future clinical trials. The deadline for submission of forecasts is 15 November 2017. Please send comments and enquiries to

US Summit on Dementia Care and Support As part of the US NAPA plan 

National Institute of Ageing (NIA) are hosting a free 2-day meeting in Washington DC on 16-17 October. Details, agenda and registration can be found here.

James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on Multiple Conditions in Later Life - survey launched

Newcastle University and other partners are bringing together organisations, individuals, carers and clinicians to identify the Top 10 research priorities for older people who have multiple conditions in later life. The survey is open to anyone with a personal or professional connection to those who are aged 80+ with 3 or more conditions and, of course, older people themselves. The survey is available here and takes around 5 minutes to complete. 

Paper copies and freepost envelopes can also be ordered by emailing calling 0191 208 1144. 

 For more information please visit

Keep informed

We send these emails out every two months to tell you about the latest developments in our research programme. If you have notices that you want to share with the dementia community, email them to

Best wishes,

Alzheimer's Society Research and Development team

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