Our Research Network events give you a chance to find out about the life-changing dementia research taking place in your local area.

Find out more about the upcoming events on this page.

Upcoming events

Northern Ireland Public Meeting

When: Tuesday 13 September 2022
Where: Guildhall, Guildhall Square,
Derry-Londonderry, BT48 6DQ
Time: 6:00pm
(refreshments served from 5:45pm)

Come join us to find out more about the groundbreaking research taking place in Northern Ireland.

Journalist and broadcaster, Sarah Travers, will host the evening of talks from dementia experts offering an insight into their current research. There will also be opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.

Attendance is free but booking is required.

This event is open to all, and you do not need any knowledge of dementia or dementia research to attend

Transport and Parking

Parking is available locally at Quayside and Foyleside car parks. The Guildhall is also a few minutes' walk from Foyle Street Bus Centre and 10-15 minutes' walk from Derry-Londonderry Railway Station.


Headshot_ Paula McClean

Dr Paula McClean is a Senior Lecturer in Personalised Medicine at Ulster University and her research interests are in the relationship between metabolic conditions (like obesity and diabetes), brain health and dementia. She is actively involved in a number of dementia research projects including; assessment of risk factors for dementia; strategies to prevent cognitive decline (like use of hearing aids); improving diagnosis and better understanding dementia and; identifying and testing novel drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

In her talk ‘Local Research in Dementia: An Update’ Dr McClean will provide a brief overview of ongoing dementia research conducted within Ulster University and the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) and its relevance to the local and global dementia community.

Rebecca Townsend

Rebecca Townsend is a PhD Researcher based at the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast. She studies how diet and physical exercise are linked with changes in memory, thinking and risk of dementia. In her talk, she will discuss her ongoing research which explores what the general public currently think and do for their brain health, and some of the common motivations and barriers to improving brain health.

She will discuss how this work might help to support people to live a “brain-healthy” lifestyle in the future.