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Trust supporting research aimed at improving services for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their families

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During the last year more people than ever before took part in research in this area at the Trust.

This year, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is currently supporting the Alzheimer’s disease genetics study led by The University of Cardiff. The research aims to find out more about why some people develop Alzheimer’s disease including those under the age of 65.  The team hope that by understanding more about the causes of the disease, this will lead to improvements in the diagnosis, care and treatment of those with the disease.

Dr Subha Thiyagesh, consultant old age psychiatrist and medical director said: “This is a critical piece of research as it will help us to understand more about the genetic contribution to developing Alzheimer’s disease and develop strategies to prevent and treat this memory condition.”

We support research which aims to improve services for people with dementia and their families and to better understand the underlying causes of the disease.

Staff, service users and their families from the Trust’s older people services have supported a variety of different research studies led by academic groups from across the UK.  These have included projects that look at how assistive technology can help people in their homes, whether group therapy can benefit people with dementia, the impact on family members caring for someone with dementia and people’s experience of memory and other specialised services as a service user, family member or carer.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this or other research in this area, or have any questions, please email the research team at research@swyt.nhs.uk or call 01924 316289. You can also find information leaflets or have a discussion with our staff at the memory clinics.

You can help research more generally in this area by signing up to Join Dementia Research. The site enables you to register your interest so that researchers can tell you about research opportunities that might be of relevance and interest to you.

Thank you to all our service users and their families who have taken part in research studies or registered with Join Dementia Research in the Trust.

Trust supporting research aimed at improving services for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and their families

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