About dementia at Exeter

The University of Exeter is fast becoming recognised for world-class dementia research. Our pioneering work in dementia and ageing is multi-faceted in its approach. Our basic research includes the identification of biological and genetic aspects associated with how and why we develop dementia with a view to developing new treatments and preventions.

In tandem our applied research puts people at its heart, involving older people, healthcare workers, carers and care providers in identifying issues that research must address and performing research to deliver better care.

We are based in a region with one of the highest concentrations of older people in the country making it an ideal place to perform dementia and ageing research.

At Exeter, research is characterised by ‘being embedded in patient care’. This means that instead of the traditional model of pure scientific research which is then translated into care, our research is initiated by a clinical question, takes place in a clinical/care setting, maximises the use of clinical data where appropriate and is measured by its clinical/care outcome. Our dementia research is one example of this approach.

This very efficient way of working means that research can be quickly adopted into practice. With the increasing pressures on the NHS and healthcare provision worldwide, this approach has the potential to revolutionise patient care.