Figures released this week show that over 20,000 people have taken part in vital research studies thanks to Join Dementia Research.
The innovative UK-wide service, run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland, allows anyone to register their interest in dementia research. This means they can be matched to studies they may be able to take part in.
Recruiting 20,000 participants into research studies is an important milestone for Join Dementia Research. The service launched in February 2015 in response to the Challenge on Dementia and since then, it has made it easier than ever for people living in the UK to take part in dementia research.
While some participants have taken part in drug trials, had brain scans or undergone genetic and cognitive tests, many have taken part in surveys, online activities and questionnaire studies. These all help give scientists the knowledge they need to improve dementia prevention, diagnosis, care and treatments.
Dr Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We would like to thank all those who’ve given their valuable time to take part in research. Everyone involved has had a role to play in helping increase our understanding of what causes dementia.
“Simply signing up to Join Dementia Research registers your interest to researchers and allows them to find willing volunteers to take part in vital studies.
“While this news marks an important milestone, we still have work to do. By signing up and getting involved, volunteers will continue to help us make those all-important breakthroughs in dementia research.”