Improving knowledge of dementia research across disciplines

Dr Claire Garwood, post-doctoral research associate in Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, tells us about her project which has received support from the Engaged Curriculum Funding Stream.

Dementia, a word used to describe a number of brain disorders which lead to memory loss and cognitive impairment, can severely afflict the lives of those suffering with the condition, as well as their loved ones. The incidence of dementia is increasing worldwide and there is currently a large focus on research in this area; this includes research to understand the risk factors for developing dementia, research into new treatments for the various forms of dementia, and research which is focused on how we care for those living with the condition.

Within the university, there are a large number of researchers involved in dementia research but limited knowledge transfer across departments and faculties. This project will develop videographies of individuals involved in dementia research in the Department of Neuroscience, Sociology, Human Communication Studies and ScHARR to enhance the curriculum of their students and to foster a more collaborative dementia research environment.

The aims of the project are:

  • To produce videographies of the diverse range of dementia research at the University of Sheffield, and with help from students in the Journalism Department, to make them into bitesize clips.
  • To make these available to students studying for the MA in Dementia Studies which is running for the first time this year, as well as to research students on the MSc Translational Neuroscience and MSc Clinical Neuroscience courses.
  • To widely disseminate these videos using departmental webpages, the university’s You Tube channel and through twitter (@neuroshef).
  • To make the material available to various charities involved in dementia research and care, such as the Alzheimer’s Society (Sheffield Branch) and the Darnall Dementia group.

Further blog posts will detail the progress of the project, and the videographies will be uploaded here as they become available.

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