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    £1 million to develop dementia diagnosis software

    22nd August 2016

    UCL researchers have been awarded £1 million to develop ground-breaking software to improve dementia diagnosis. A prototype of the software, known as BrainMiner, is being trialled at University College Hospital and will be made available for public release in summer 2017.

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    New date announced for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    19th August 2016

    The NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) has announced the next launch date for the next Massive Open Online Course, which will run on 7 November 2016 for the third time since it was developed in 2015.

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    SW patients & carers encouraged to sign up to Join Dementia Research

    2nd August 2016

    South West people living with diagnosed dementia and their caregivers can be one step closer to the opportunity of taking part in the latest clinical dementia research studies by signing up to Join Dementia Research.

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About Dementias and Neurodegeneration research

The Clinical Research Network: Dementias and Neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN) supports the set up and delivery of clinical research in the NHS in a range of diseases including dementias, Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Huntington’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases such as ataxia.

These diseases are increasingly understood to have commonalities in underlying mechanisms, patient experience, and symptoms; and their management is increasingly multi-disciplinary and converging over time. Advances in understanding of these diseases and new treatments are likely to come from inter-disciplinary research between them.

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Patient, Carer and Public Information

We invite patients, carers and anyone affected by dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases to have a say on research matters. There are many ways that you can be involved in research; from participating in a study to helping to shape the direction of research by sharing your experiences or offering your opinion on research ideas.

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Case studies

  • Engaging global communities in research learning

    Enabling understanding of clinical research and its role in improving healthcare is a core objective in the Network. In 2015 the Network’s Workforce, Learning and Organisational Development team partnered with the Digital Learning team at Leeds University to develop an online course; ‘Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’. The course is free, and available to anyone wanting to learn about clinical research.

  • Bridging the gap

    Assessing a person with dementia in a research study requires a high level of skill and expertise. Having experienced raters available can affect whether the life-sciences industry choose to run a study in the UK. Insight Monthly investigates an innovative programme to increase the number of raters in the Clinical Research Network.

  • Maintaining the UK's leading edge

    Eight senior clinical academics joined the ranks of the Network in 2015 as Specialty Cluster Leads. Their role? To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of clinical research so that NHS patients can continue to benefit from leading-edge treatments. Insight magazine learns why and how.

  • Patient stories

    Our 'Patient stories' campaign shows how people’s experiences are bringing research benefits to life and helping us to raise research awareness throughout England.

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Key contacts

  • General enquiries

    NIHR Clinical Research Network National Specialty Hub
    Newcastle University
    Biomedical Research Building (3rd Floor)
    Campus for Ageing and Vitality
    Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5PL


  • Specialty National Leads

    Professor John O'Brien (Dementias)

    Professor David Burn (Neurodegeneration)

  • Specialty Cluster Lead

    Professor Stuart Parker

  • Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

    Gary Nestor

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