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DEM-COMM programme

Building Capacity in Dementia Research

DEM-COMM is a 2 year programme funded by the National Institute of Health and Care Research  and the Alzheimer's Society. Recently it has been awarded another £6 million to extend the original programme by 18 months and open up internship opportunities.

This funding supports the new generation of dementia research leaders, bringing together researchers from different multidisciplinary backgrounds to encourage cross-cutting and community-orientated dementia research projects that can address key gaps in the evidence base.

Dr Ruth Bartlett

ARC Wessex is the DEM-COMM coordinating centre for this programme is led by Dr Ruth Bartlett who has devised a bespoke training programme for more than 50 Dem Comm research fellows.

"I look forward to seeing how the DEM-COMM community evolves during the scheme; I’m sure that strategic alliances (and friendships) will be made, if they haven’t already."

Dr Ruth Bartlett

DEM-COMM Programme Lead

See how the projects fit together nationally

At the end of 2023 there were 59 projects spread across the 15 ARCs in England. Expand the image to see more detail

Alison Richardson photo

"NIHR ARC Wessex is delighted to have been asked to facilitate the learning and development programme  for this newly funded cohort of post-doctoral applied health researchers.    The health and care of people and their families with dementia is an area where there are many unanswered questions and this investment from NIHR, working in collaboration with the Alzhiemer’s society, will accelerate the development of a new generation of  researchers. The funding will allow us, through the programme, to provide early-career researchers with the experience and training to help them to develop into future leaders in dementia research and address the many challenges faced by people living with dementia."

Professor Alison Richardson, ARC Wessex Director

  • NHS
    Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS) Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System (ICS)
  • NHS Trusts
    Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Isle of Wight NHS Trust Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Solent NHS Trust Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Universities
    Bournemouth University University of Portsmouth University of Southampton University of Winchester
  • Research partners
    Health Innovation Wessex (formerly Wessex Academic Health Sciences Network)
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