UCL Dementia


Support UCL Dementia Research


Support UCL Dementia Research

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Support UCL’s world-leading dementia research The research aims to beat the disease: to find the cause, discover a cure and improve care for people living with dementia. The UCL Dementia Retail Partnership is bringing together the UK’s leading retailers to provide funding for research that will aim to help the 46 million people around the world living with dementia.

Dementia affects every community in every part of the country and around the world. In the UK there are 850,000 people living with dementia. Globally there is one diagnosis of dementia every three minutes: 225,000 new diagnoses each year. Without effective treatment, almost half of all children born in the UK this year can expect to spend their later years with progressive cognitive decline and dementia. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or where you live. Dementia can affect anyone. UCL is the pre-eminent hub for neuroscience research and care in Europe, and no one is better placed to tackle dementia than we are. 

For every £10 spent on dealing with the consequences of dementia, only 6p is currently spent on research. Our researchers are seeking to find the cause and discover a cure for dementia. UCL has charitable status and your support will help us get further faster. 

Support UCL Dementia Research now

The UCL Dementia Retail Partnership began on 5 October 2015, when a 5p carrier bag charge was introduced for major retailers in the UK. Recognising that dementia is one of the biggest socio-economic challenges of our time, Iceland’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Walker brought together a group of retailers, including Iceland, Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, WHSmiths, Booths, Poundland and HSS Hire in a unique coalition.

They agreed to pledge the millions of pounds raised from the carrier bag charge to support the development of a new world-class dementia research institute at UCL. The dementia research institute will bring together the best scientific minds in the world to face the dementia challenge head on and improve the lives of people living with dementia and their families.

Since the launch of the partnership, the carrier bag levy and additional funds pledged from retail staff and customers have continued to support UCL Dementia Research.

You, too, can make a difference to the lives of people with dementia and their families.

We are proud that Iceland has chosen UCL Dementia Research as their Charity of the Year. If you are an Iceland staff member and would like a fundraising pack, please visit the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation website or contact Gemma Griffiths, Gemma.Griffiths@iceland.co.uk 

Case studies

Case studies

Read how UCL academics are trying discover a cure for dementia and how their work supports patients living with the condition.

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Centres for the UK Dementia Research Institute announced

The locations of the centres that complete the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), whose hub of research activity and operational headquarters is based at UCL, have been named as the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

Education does not protect against cognitive decline

A European-wide study published today in the journal Neuroepidemiology has found that whilst older people with a higher level of education have better memory function, it does not protect them from cognitive decline as they age.

Formula One visit provides inspiration in fight against dementia

UCL Institute of Neurology have recently formed a link with Sir Jackie Stewart and his new charity “Race Against Dementia”. This included discussing the plans for dementia research at UCL and the importance of innovative and inter-disciplinary working; particularly the benefits of learning from other fields and disciplines, alongside supporting younger researchers and scientists.

Evidence of brain damage found in former footballers

Evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a potential cause of dementia caused by repeated blows to the head, has been found in the brains of former association football (soccer) players examined at the UCL Queen Square Brain Bank.