Every 3.2 minutes someone develops dementia in the UK.
The only way to beat the condition is through medical research.
Why is dementia research important now?
Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face today. The number of people with Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and other types of dementia, is set to double over the next 30 years.
Research offers hope. It is only through research that we can understand what causes the disease, develop effective treatments, improve care and hopefully one day find a cure.
But for research to progress we need more people to take part in more studies.
Our knowledge of dementia currently lags behind that of other major conditions, such as cancer or heart disease. We have to close this gap.
How you can help us to beat dementia?
One of the big difficulties researchers face today is recruiting participants for their studies. At the same time, many people are looking for studies to contribute to and take part in, but don't know where to find out about them.
This is why the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society have developed Join Dementia Research, a service which allows people to register their interest in participating in dementia research and be matched to suitable studies.
Everybody now has that chance to see what dementia research is taking place, both in their local area and across the nation.
The service delivers new opportunities for people to play their part in beating dementia; connecting researchers with people who want to participate in studies.
What types of research could I take part in?
Taking part in a research study can take many forms. There are lots of types of studies, such as those looking at prevention or new ways to diagnose the condition; drug studies trialling new treatments; or surveys aiming to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.
How does Join Dementia Research work with and improve health and social care?
Join Dementia Research helps improve care in the NHS and beyond. We work closely with healthcare professionals and social care workers to encourage people to take part in dementia research and to deliver dementia research as part of routine care. We don't have access to your health and care records on a regular basis, or share your Join Dementia Research record with your healthcare professionals, so it is still worth mentioning to them your interest in taking part in research and any studies you take part in. Join Dementia Research is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, as part of its commitment to improving dementia care and treatment.