Encouraging health care professionals to become involved in dementia research is the aim of a series of events organised by Division 4 staff of the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network (CRN).
The Dementia Roadshow Events showcase the exciting dementia research that is taking place throughout the region. Inspired by the Prime Minister's challenge on dementia, the CRN team are building the portfolio of dementia studies in Sheffield and the region, facilitating collaborations between dementia active communities and trusts.
The first Dementia Roadshow Event took place in February 2016 at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and was chaired by Dr Daniel Blackburn Consultant Neurologist and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at SITraN. Giving an overview of current projects and clinical trials in Sheffield, Dr Blackburn presented his research investigating novel mechanisms of diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias using electroencephalography (EEG) and conversation analysis. There was great interest from clinicians and health care professionals keen to become involved in dementia research. The event gave rise to further plans for supporting new principal investigators in developing their skills within dementia research.
Dr Blackburn said:
"Yorkshire and Humber has recruited the highest number of participants into dementia studies compared to other English research networks. However most participants are recruited from University Hospitals in large urban centres. These roadshow events are attempting to increase access for all people in Yorkshire with dementia to take part in research. This needs local investigators and greater awareness of research into dementia."
Dementia Research Nurse Victoria Murray and Neurologist Dr Daniel
Blackburn presenting dementia research in Sheffield.
There are three further opportunities to attend one of these Dementia Research Engagement events in various locations throughout Yorkshire and Humber (places are limited for some of the events so please book early, lunch/breakfast is available at the events):
*booking is required*. There are 20 places available for this event.
Drop In Event:
Details of a Principal Investigator Workshop will follow.