Care Research & Technology Centre
Led by Professor David Sharp (Imperial) and Deputy Director Professor Payam Barnaghi (Surrey), the UK DRI Care Research and Technology Centre is the seventh centre established in the national UK Dementia Research Institute. Based at Imperial College London, in collaboration with the University of Surrey, the goal of the new centre is to develop technologies to enable people to live in their own homes for as long as possible, explains Professor David Sharp, Neurologist at Imperial College London and Associate Director of the new centre:
“The vision for this centre is to use patient-centred technology to help people affected by dementia to live better and for longer in their own homes. Latest figures suggest one in four hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia – and 20 per cent of these admissions are due to preventable causes such as falls, dehydration and infections. The new technologies we develop will improve our ability to support people in their homes. They will allow us to intervene at an early stage, to prevent the crises that so often lead to hospital stays, or a move to a care home. What’s more we’ll be able to improve our understanding of dementia onset and progression.”
This new UK DRI Care Research and Technology programme complements the ongoing basic neurobiological research by taking a more patient-centric approach, which will make help make an impact in the shorter term.