For decades, dementia has been hidden away – a silent crisis affecting millions. For just as long, funding for research has lagged far behind other medical conditions. We are changing that.

As the world’s largest dedicated dementia research charity, we are here to ensure that the best ideas, backed up by the strongest science, have the greatest chance to succeed. We passionately believe in the power of research to change lives for good.

Thanks to your support, we are funding more pioneering research than ever before. With your support, we’re focusing our energies in four key areas of action to make this mission a reality.

Understand

We fund world-class researchers to unravel the science behind the complex diseases that cause dementia.

Diagnose

We work at the forefront of technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis for everyone at a time that’s right for them.

Reduce risk

To accelerate the science of dementia risk and empower people to make informed decisions about how they live their lives, we have funded the through our The Mike Gooley Trailfinders Charity Prevention and Risk Reduction Fund. We are also investigating risk factors throughout life through our Insight 46 project.

Treat

We must build on 100 years of scientific discoveries to translate breakthroughs in the lab into life-changing treatments.

To do this we have invested in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance and Dementia Consortium. Our Clinical Trials Fund, is set up to support clinical trials across the world, including a trial in Oxford.

The Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Network is a unique initiative which unites more than 1000 dementia researchers from across the UK to support and streamline dementia research.

Main

From the South Coast to Scotland, we’re bringing together scientists from 39 different universities and research institutions across the UK into 15 virtual centres of scientific excellence. Through the Research Network we’re creating a community of researchers from difference disciplines and encouraging and enhancing research partnerships and resource-sharing that are helping us to make progress faster.

Researchers within our Network have unique access to funding for small grants to support travel, equipment and networking, as well as being eligible to apply for large Network Cooperation Grants which encourage researchers from different Network Centres to work together on large research projects.

We’re acutely aware of that we won’t defeat dementia in isolation and that we need to inspire and attract new scientists to work in dementia research. Through the Research Network, we’re supporting researchers at a grass-roots level as well as helping them forge collaborations to think more ambitiously than ever before.

As well as facilitating researchers in their vital work, each Network Centre holds an event for the public to update people in their area about the progress they are making. Find out about research events in your local area.

Visit our research projects page to find out more about the research taking place in your local Network Centre.

How we fund research

Alzheimer’s Research UK is dedicated to making life-changing breakthroughs in diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Through investing in research, we will help make these breakthroughs possible.

Our progress

Since we funded our first research project in 1998, our researchers have been making huge advances in understanding the diseases that cause dementia.

Research partnerships

We know that we can’t overcome dementia alone and we are forging partnerships at home and across the globe to bring about life-changing treatments for people with dementia as soon as possible.

Big initiatives

Funding research projects allows us to be agile and responsive to new developments in dementia research, but it is also important for us to see the bigger picture.

Explore The Lab

Ever wondered what happens inside a real dementia research laboratory?

Research FAQs

You may have questions about the kinds of research we fund and why.