Volunteers needed to help us design better support for people with memory problems
A team of people, from across the University of Oxford, is interested in helping the NHS make the most of social prescribing. Social prescribing is an NHS service that helps people improve their health and wellbeing by referring them to relevant community or voluntary organisations. These organisations might provide social groups, leisure activities or practical information.
What we plan to do: We aim to design research to clarify how social prescribing might be most helpful for people diagnosed with MCI. We are looking for volunteers with MCI to help us design that research.
What you will be asked to do: You will be invited to a small workshop, in person or online, depending on your preferences and on government guidance. You will be asked to share your experiences of life after an MCI diagnosis and consider what additional support might be valued. You need no prior knowledge to get involved. Afterwards you will be kept informed about the progress of the research.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Grant for Heart and Brain research group
Dr Sana Suri, head of the Heart and Brain research group in the Department of Psychiatry, has been awarded a Springboard Grant by the Academy of Medical Sciences to continue her research investigating how our heart health affects the brain and memory as we grow older. The Springboard award is designed to help biomedical researchers at the start of their first independent post to help launch their research careers. The grant of £100,00 over two years will expand Sana’s research group and support new research on the effect of ‘multi-morbidity’, or combinations of different long-term health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, on how the brain and cognitive skills change with advancing age. In addition, the grant includes access to the Academy’s acclaimed mentoring and career development programme.
You can find our more about Sana and her research in the Feb/March 2021 edition of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Together magazine: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/publications-and-factsheets/dementia-together/feb-mar-2021/meet-researcher-sana-suri