This PRIDE programme of work is closely aligned with INTERDEM (www.interdem.org/) both in terms of the collaborators and the aims of PRIDE and INTERDEM. The applicants Martin Orrell, Frans Verhey and Esme Moniz-Cook are on the INTERDEM Board. Myrra Vernooij-Dassen is Chair of the INTERDEM Board and also will Chair the PRIDE International Scientific Advisory Board which will meet annually and advise on the overall strategy of the PRIDE programme, management and research methods, and capacity development work.

INTERDEM is a European collaborative research network with a mission to:

  • develop pan-European research on Early, Timely and Quality Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia;
  • actively disseminate this and enhance practice, policy and the quality of life of people with dementia and their supporters, across Europe;
  • to place people with dementia and their supporters at the centre of European research and practice, by actively involving them in developing these activities.

EU funded projects include: EUROCODE - developing guidelines on psychosocial interventions in dementia; DIADEM - timely diagnosis and management of dementia; and AWARE - Awareness in early stage dementia: understanding, assessment and implications for early intervention. Since 1999 The INTERDEM collaboration has produced more than 25 peer-reviewed research papers.


The PRIDE team will collaborate with INTERDEM to develop an Academy to foster dementia research collaboration, knowledge exchange, capacity development, and provide a forum for talented researchers to fulfil their academic potential. This will provide the organisational capacity to develop the next generation of researchers in dementia care.

It will include:

  1. Travel exchange fellowships for PhD students and post doc researchers allowing them to spend 3 months in another INTERDEM research centre. INTERDEM currently has an exchange programme for PhD students to pursue research in other INTERDEM centres. Students are encouraged to: contribute to ongoing research on psychosocial interventions; and attend relevant local University courses, seminars, and workshops. Researchers and students have been keen to do this but this has been difficult to implement since there is no budget allocated for his programme to cover basic requirements such as travel and relocation costs. PRIDE includes such a budget which will be a strong added incentive for students to participate in exchange.
  2. A biannual programme for students/researchers comprising: seminars to discuss their work with peers and senior academics and expert workshops & masterclasses to develop research ideas and expertise in the methodology of psychosocial research. INTERDEM organised such a workshop on methodology at the international conference of the International Psychogeriatric Association) in The Hague, Netherlands. This was overbooked, and judged to be a great success for all those who attended.
  3. The INTERDEM Academy will organise annual international conferences to promote excellence in social science research in dementia care inviting key policymakers from EU nations.