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Funding to establish dementia research training centre - PhD studentships available

Published: 10 March 2015

The Alzheimer’s Society has provided funding to establish a Doctoral Training Centre in Dementia Care at the University of Southampton

The charity, which champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them, will support five research students at Southampton to develop new ways to support and improve changes in dementia care.  Led by Professor Ann Bowling, the Centre for Research on Ageing’s (CRA) Dr Rosalind Willis will work as a co-investigator with other University colleagues to drive the new centre forward.

There are significantly fewer scientists working in dementia research than other conditions, with six times more people working in cancer than dementia. Alzheimer’s Society aims to attract new people to dementia research from a range of different academic and clinical backgrounds, bringing fresh ideas and talent to help expand the knowledge of dementia science.

The doctoral centre in Southampton will investigate topics around the theme of enabling risk for people with dementia drawing on expertise from the University’s Faculties of Health Sciences, Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences, and Medicine. Risk taking is an essential part of independence and control over a person’s life, yet staying safe while still allowing people to take some risks is an under-researched area within dementia care.

It is one of eight new specialist centres around the country that are being co-ordinated and funded by Alzheimer’s Society. With funding from institutions, this represents nearly £5 million in new investment to support 53 PhDs and clinical fellows – the single biggest funding commitment to support early-career dementia researchers in the UK.

For more details about the studentships and how to apply, please click on the following links:

Topic 1: Risk taking in care homes (MPhil/PhD Studentship)

Topic 2: Adult children’s perception of risk (MPhil/PhD Studentship)

Topic 3: Making decisions about nutrition and hydration (Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship)

Topic 4: New diagnosis of dementia and risk enablement (Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship)

Topic 5: Risk profiling in acute settings (Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship)



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