Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Transforming our diverse landscape into an integrated ecosystem

Following the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020, the last few years have seen the launch of major UK initiatives spanning basic and clinical research. It is now critical to coordinate efforts and make the most of such a rich dementia research landscape, clinical infrastructure and networks.

To tackle the challenge of dementias we must capitalise on the breadth of available resources and expertise, and build an integrated ecosystem. In this spirit, on 2 April 2019, DPUK Director, John Gallacher, met with all the directors of the major UK programmes in dementia research (UK Dementia Research Institute, ARUK Drug Discovery Alliance, European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia, NIHR National Director for Dementia Research Office). Representatives from major UK dementia funders (Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, MRC, Wellcome), industry and the Dementia Discovery Fund also joined the discussion. Together these thought leaders form 'Dementia Ecosystem UK'.

Our approach: culture, coordination, communication

The mission of Dementia Ecosystem UK is to work together to transform our understanding of the complex trajectory of dementia and ultimately how to tackle it.

Dementia Ecosystem UK will bring together the major UK dementia research initiatives and create a joined-up community from fundamental science to the clinic by:

-       Setting standards and incentives for sharing resources, reagents, data, approaches, expertise, biosamples and ideas (Culture)

-       Developing initiatives at the basic-clinical interface with appropriate patient involvement to better understand the evolving changes affecting the brain throughout the progression of dementia (Coordination)

-       Develop a joint communication strategy to de-stigmatise dementia and emphasise the importance of prevention in brain health (Communication).

Similar stories

Comment: COVID has exposed the need for flexible global data access

At a time when the work of disease modellers has been thrust into the spotlight, DPUK’s director, Professor John Gallacher, comments on the important role of technology platforms which democratise access to global health data.

First participant arrives for screening as part of Deep and Frequent Phenotyping study

Researchers in Oxford have begun screening participants in DPUK’s Deep and Frequent Phenotyping (DFP) study – the world’s most detailed study into early Alzheimer’s disease.

Unlocking dementia with innovation

Applications are now open for data experts to apply to join the next DPUK datathons – highly focused ‘hackathon-style’ events at Swansea University and the University of East Anglia this autumn. Datathons bring data scientists of all backgrounds to the dementia challenge.

Data scientists’ opportunity to meet DPUK at ‘impactful AI’ event

Machine learning experts who may not have previous experience of working on dementia will have the chance to meet DPUK’s senior researcher at the first in a new series of events for data scientists. They’ll learn about opportunities to apply their skills and make a real impact on developing treatments for dementia.

Datathon series launch

Can you bring your advanced analytical skills in AI and machine learning to one of the world's biggest healthcare challenges?

Cohorts invited to join dementia trials register

DPUK has launched Great Minds, an innovative new register of volunteers for clinical trials who bring rich data from their previous health studies to help clear the deadlock in development of treatments for dementia.