The UK DRI exists to improve the lives of those at risk of or living with dementia, and their carers. By involving people with lived experience of neurodegenerative diseases, we believe our research is strengthened, leading to better treatments and technologies for dementia.
Recently, we saw the impact of this approach when running a series of workshops and activities in collaboration with our Lived Experience Group (LEG), the Helix Centre and UK DRI founding funder Alzheimer’s Society. A total of 18 people who are either living with or caring for someone living with dementia, joined the research team to provide invaluable insights. The purpose of this was to understand how best to develop an innovative new brain stimulation technology, which hopes to improve cognition in Alzheimer’s. Their involvement gave unparalleled understanding of the challenges and opportunities needing to be considered when developing such a technology. Find out more about this project in the video and project overview below.
Find out more about this project in the video and project overview below.
Get involved in dementia research
There are a number of ways to shape the future of dementia research at the UK DRI:
- Enquire about joining the UK DRI Lived Experience Group
- Become a “Friend” of the UK DRI’s Care Research and Technology Centre - As a Friend, you’ll be able to hear about upcoming involvement opportunities at the Centre. You can choose your level of involvement and participate as and when you’d like. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of a research community who are shaping how technology can enable people living with dementia to live safely and independently at home.
- Consider signing up to a clinical trial – Dr Nir Grossman is currently recruiting participants for his trial exploring the benefits of brain stimulation