Monday 17 July 2017

£2 million NIHR award for Newcastle University to focus on dementia care and prevention on a global scale.

The Department of Health have announced a £2 million award for Newcastle University as part of Global Health Research fund from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The fund will support research to improve the health of patients and public in low and middle-income countries.

Louise Robinson, Director of Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing, is leading the specialist team.

Health priority

Dementia, a health priority around the world, has a disproportionately large impact on low and middle-income families. In the absence of a cure, and without a future strategy to reduce the risk and improve care after a diagnosis, dementia will have a devastating societal and economic effect.

The Newcastle University team will bring together expertise in public health and primary care, with global epidemiological research, to create a NIHR Global Health Research Group on dementia prevention and enhanced care.

Professor Robinson, said: “With age the biggest risk factor for dementia, the world’s rapidly ageing populations make dementia a global challenge for all.

“Establishing a NIHR Global Health Group on dementia care and prevention provides us with a fabulous opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in lower middle-income countries – such as Egypt, Ukraine and Cambodia – to develop global, as opposed to national, solutions to the dementia challenge.”

Professor Louise Robinson, who is also an NIHR Professor, was recently announced as an NIHR Senior Investigator.

NIHR funding in Newcastle

As part of a partnership between the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University, the NIHR also supports the Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), within which, dementia is a key research theme.

The NIHR Newcastle BRC aims to improve lives through research into ageing and long-term conditions and focuses on translating biomedical science into direct patient benefit. With dementia research as a particular focus for this award, Newcastle can now boast an even larger investment for research into this area through the NIHR.