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Dementia research

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies is one of the UK’s leading centres for psychosocial research into living well with, and caring well for, people with dementia and their families.

We have over 20 years experience of high quality pioneering research underpinned by the values of person-centred care.

Our research aims to make a difference to the lives of people with dementia by influencing policy and practice and has received funding from a range of organisations including the ERSC, MRC, NIHRAlzheimer Society and Department of Health and Social Care.

We have a growing number of doctoral students across the Faculty exploring aspects of Dementia including those sponsored by BUPA and the Alzheimer Society. The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies convenes a monthly applied inter-disciplinary dementia meeting with visiting speakers from partners internationally, nationally and regionally.

Our academics are actively involved with renowned research networks (such as INTERDEM), aiming to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

The Centre has a major impact in a number of ways. This includes through our model of Person-Centred Care (PCC), which was proposed by Professor Tom Kitwood in the 1990s. As well as this, over 6000 people have been trained in our observational measure and practice development methodology, Dementia Care Mapping, since 2008. We also co-edit the landmark textbook, Excellence in Dementia Care, which is now in its second edition.


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