Experts unite to improve dementia research


By Alex Smith | Wednesday 13 November 2019


Data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and clinicians are among a range of professionals invited to join a new national network to find innovative ways of conducting dementia research and care.

The ARUK Deep Dementia Phenotyping (DEMON) Network is led by the University of Exeter and is supported by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Alan Turing Institute and Dementias Platform UK. It aims to unite experts from a wide range of fields to find new solutions to research in dementia.

DEMON Network lead Professor David Llewellyn of the University of Exeter Medical School and Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute said: “We’re establishing the DEMON Network because we really need to bring innovators together to do things differently. This is a fantastic opportunity for ambitious scientists, clinicians and industry partners to join something bigger, roll up their sleeves and transform the way dementia is prevented, diagnosed and treated.”

The DEMON Network’s collaborative approach offers a supportive framework for sharing resources and opportunities for members at all career stages, giving access to an interdisciplinary group of ambitious professionals with common goals and provides research initiatives including training and workshop events.

Dr Carol Routledge, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool for scientific research, and it has huge potential for gaining new insights from the wealth of data collected from dementia studies. The launch of the DEMON Network is the start of a new approach to dementia research that Alzheimer’s Research UK is excited to support.

“By uniting AI experts, scientists and clinicians the DEMON network aims to build a digital picture of dementia that will help improve future trials so that they have the greatest impact on the lives of people with the condition.”

The Network is open to any professional with experience in data science and artificial intelligence or dementia. You can join the DEMON Network here.

To find out more, visit the DEMON Network webpage here. Stay updated with the latest dementia research at the University of Exeter here.


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