Laughing senior friends sitting together on a park bench
The University of Plymouth is at the forefront of advancing dementia research, with a focus on improving the support and quality of life of people with dementia and their carers. We are a collaborative group of researchers and clinicians aiming to address the local and global challenges faced by those affected by dementia. Key research themes include:
  • Meeting local needs 
  • Inclusive methods
  • Global health disparities
  • Stigma, awareness and dementia inclusive communities.

Current projects

Completed projects


Challenges, Solutions and Innovation in Dementia

One in three people over the age of 65 will develop dementia. In England in 2012, 670,000 people have dementia. This number will double in the next 30 years.  Our research focuses on community attitudes and behaviour change towards individuals with dementia and their carers, inequalities and differences between urban and rural dementia-friendly communities, and the impact of interventions on the wellbeing of individuals with dementia and their carers.

Cornwall Dementia Advisory Group

Ensuring that the voice of the person with dementia and carer is heard during the research process is essential, improving the overall quality and responsiveness of research. We also recognise that the experiences of people living in the South West are unique to those living elsewhere in the UK. As such, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with the support of the University of Plymouth have been developing and evaluating an advisory group that is responsive to the needs of people living with dementia in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

How to get involved in dementia research?

As we work with local NHS trusts across many of our research, it often means that by speaking to a member of your healthcare team you will be signposted to the latest research in the region. 
We also recommend that you register with ‘Join dementia research’, which is an NHS funded, nationwide online and telephone service that makes it easier for people to register their interest in volunteering for dementia research. Anyone, with or without dementia, can register as a volunteer or sign-up for someone else