Following on from yesterdays blog:
In July I hadn’t realised how little money was being spent on research into the care, cure and prevention of dementia: I joined the Alzheimer’s Society’s wonderful group of Research Network Volunteers and Mentoring team (http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.phpdocumentID=1109) . The volunteers evaluate proposals from researchers seeking funding and the mentors support those successful in getting funding throughout their journey. I should be getting my first mentoring assignment in the New Year and have been asked by Professor Jan Oyebode (Professor of dementia at Bradford University) to join them as a member of their ‘expert by experience’ panel for a project they’re hoping to receive funding for in October –watch this space
I hadn’t realised how hard it was to find research to actually be involved in: this year sees the launch of Join Dementia Research (https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/) This is a database which will allow anyone to express an interest in taking part in dementia research. I’ve attended the media training run by National Institute for Health Research, DeNDRoN and Alzheimer’s Society and am actively involved in promoting the database – watch this space
Taking part in research wasn’t on my radar this time last year: in September I joined research being carried out by Dr Louise Ritchie from University of West of Scotland entitled ‘Dementia in the Workplace’. It’s been a joy to take part – Louise even visited me at St James Hospital, Leeds, where I work, where she not only interviewed me but also my work colleagues.
I’m due to start clinical trials into the use of an antibiotic drug and its’ effect on dementia next week if I pass all the first tests for applicability– watch this space
Part 3 to come tomorrow!