About Dementia Trials

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a clinical syndrome, not a disease. It results from a number of different brain diseases of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause. Dementia manifests as difficulty in thinking and memory, severe enough to impact on a persons ability to live independently. We need to find interventions so that we can support people with this condition, but also potential slow or cure the condition in the longer term.

What is Dementia Trials Ireland?

Dementia Trials Ireland (DTI) is a trials network that has been funded for 5 years but the Health Research Board in Ireland, to increase the capacity and capability, to develop and deliver clinical trials for dementia.

What are Clinical Trials?

A clinical trial is a research study that evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention for a particular disease or disorder. In the case of dementia trials, we are trying to understand which kinds of treatments, or other interventions, might either slow the disease course or support other outcomes, such as manage symptoms or improve the quality of life of people living with dementia.

Do you need to have a specific type of Dementia to take part in the trials?

The trials will be mostly focused on Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular or stroke related dementia. However in time, we hope to build out the repertoire of trials available in Ireland so that in particular, people with Parkinson’s Disease and those with intellectual disability have clinical trials available to them.

Where can I find out more information about taking part in trials?

You can find more information on how to take part by contacting Dementia Trials Ireland directly on our website.

You can also find out more information from your GP or the memory centre in which you were diagnosed.