Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


UCL Research awarded national Dementia Hero Award

24 May 2021

EMBED-Care COVID, led by UCL and King’s College, received national recognition for their research from the Alzheimer’s Society.


Throughout the pandemic individuals, groups and organisations have done outstanding things to support people affected by dementia. To celebrate this, the Dementia Hero Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 20 May during Dementia Action Week 2021.

The ‘Dementia Hero Award for Research’ was awarded to EMBED-Care COVID.

EMBED-Care aims to develop new ways to improve end of life care for people dying with or from dementia and their carer. Led by Dr Nathan Davies and Dr Nuriye Kupeli, EMBED-Care COVID was an extension of EMBED-Care programme aimed at creating an end-of-life decision aid specifically for the COVID epidemic. The resulting decision aid is now being widely used throughout the NHS. EMBED-Care COVID was the first UK team to receive NIHR/ESRC COVID response funding last Summer for a project to improve care.

On receiving the award, Dr Nathan Davies said, “We’re so honored to receive this award, it means so much to know that our dementia care research as part of EMBED-Care is recognised and valued. The best thing is that our work is being used in practice by clinical teams and importantly by family carers. Thanks to our amazing team who have all made this possible, and our wonderful participants.”

About the Dementia Hero Awards

The awards recognise the inspirational achievements of those who care for people with dementia, those finding innovative solutions in research, and the campaigners and media fighting for the rights of people with dementia.