Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, has appointed Professor Martin Rossor of the UCL Institute of Neurology as the new NIHR National Director for Dementia Research. The plan is to facilitate and support the Department of Health’s research commitments arising from the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge and the G8 Dementia Summit. This will involve at least six threads of activity:
- International Action Plan: participation in an international action plan for research.
- Championing Research: working with clinical academics and clinicians in the NHS.
- Patient Data: improving the recruitment of patients into research by informing patients about opportunities to participate in research. Implementation of RAFT (the Recruitment & Feasibility Tool): a database allowing patients to register their interest in dementia research.
- Facilitating Clinical Research: working with the Translational Research Collaboration and the NIHR Clinical Research Network on common research platforms, frameworks for consent and the promotion of sharing of data from existing research.
- Living Well with Dementia: supporting the Department of Health’s living well with dementia initiatives and identifying effective interventions in clinics, nursing homes and the community.
- Building Research Capacity: promoting, and overcoming barriers to, better research progress.
Chief Medical Officer appoints Professor Rossor as NIHR National Director for Dementia Research. London: UCL Institute of Neurology, March 4th 2014.
Q&A with Professor Martin Rossor: the new NIHR National Director for Dementia Research. London [Online]: Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN),March 2014.