Dementia research


Through its research, education programmes and knowledge transfer activities the Association for Dementia Studies has touched the lives of many people since it was established in 2009.

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It is firmly established as a leading research centre within the University. The achievements locally, nationally and internationally have been remarkable. Our work focusses on 4 core areas of expertise where we have a proven track record. These are based on having alignment with national dementia policy, building on expertise and opportunities within ADS, aligning to the university policy and values and to the value base of ADS.

  1. Home, Communities, Public Health and Diversity: living well post diagnosis
  2. Skilled Care, Assessment and Leadership in Services for People Living with Dementia and Complex Needs
  3. Enriching Lives in dementia through Creativity, Arts, Nature and Sport
  4. Dementia Friendly Person-Centred Design & Technology

In addition, we engage with the perspective of people living with dementia and family carers across all four clusters as well as working with the wider university to develop academic programmes. These clusters are utilised to characterise the work of ADS, align to funding bids, organise workload, communication channels and developments. 

We are a large multi-professional department with a wealth of experience across a broad research portfolio, we have expertise in a number of research methodologies. We welcome approaches from organisations looking to undertake research and consultancy would like to use our expertise to deliver this. Further information on the types of work we can do can be found here: 

Current projects

Previous projects

Publications and Knowledge Exchange

Please also ask how we can help via the get in touch page and one of the team will respond to you.

You may also find our blog useful to follow, as it will provide short updates and useful information about our research as well as other interesting topics.

Housing and Dementia Research Consortium (HDRC)

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Research Centre


In addition to our own research projects, team members at ADS are currently engaged as external examiners for other Universities. We regularly write for peer review and professional journals, edited books, and act as reviewers for peer review and professional journals. We are also invited to speak at local, regional, national and international events concerning dementia care. We are on a number of advisory bodies and steering groups for dementia-related research programmes.

Join Dementia Research

If you or a family member are interested in taking part in research that is run by Universities and NHS organisations in the UK, you can indicate your wishes by visiting the Join Dementia Research (JDR) website. JDR matches people who wish to participate in clinical trials and other well designed studies, with the research teams that develop and run research studies.