As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK fund projects to understand more about dementia, it’s causes, treatments, diagnosis and prevention. Find out how you can get involved in research.


People diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment are needed to take part in research studies.

As some people with MCI may be in the early stages of a disease like Alzheimer’s, researchers are keen to find out whether possible new treatments work in people with MCI.

You can register to find our which research studies you may be suitable to take part in via Join Dementia Research.

If you'd like more information about what it's like to volunteer in dementia research, and what you may be asked to do as part of a study you can find out more here.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, research is underway to understand the risk factors for MCI, as well as identifying those with the condition who are most likely to go on to develop dementia.

One study will use innovative brain scanning techniques to compare the brain scans of different groups of people. By comparing people with no dementia to people with MCI and with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers hope to discover more about how Alzheimer’s progresses and develop a timeline of the changes that take place in the brains of people with the disease.

What is mild cognitive impairment?

This introductory leaflet aims to help you understand mild cognitive impairment. It’s for anyone who might be worried about their own or someone else’s memory.


Research projects

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This information was updated in November 2021 and is due to be reviewed in November 2023. It was written by Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Information Services team with input from lay and expert reviewers.

Our information does not replace advice that doctors, pharmacists, or nurses may give you.


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Dementia Research Infoline

Want to know more about dementia research? Keen to take part in research projects?

Contact the Dementia Research Infoline,

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0300 111 5 111