Berkshire Memory and Cognition Research Centre
The Berkshire Memory and Cognition Research Centre, is a joint venture between the University of Reading and Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT), to foster interdisciplinary research into innovation approaches and solutions for dementia.
Dementia affects 44 million people worldwide and nearly a million suffer from the disease in the UK. In the Thames Valley today, more than 1% of the population have dementia with the lives of many more affected by the disease.
Dementia is an incurable disease and ultimately leaves people needing full-time care as brain function diminishes. With the number of those affected by dementia set to triple worldwide over the next 30 years it is vital we find new ways of detecting and preventing this devastating disease.
More immediately, there is a real need to improve the way we respond to the needs of those people suffering now and whilst research effort is galvanised into finding a cure, there is so much more we could be doing to improve the situation as it is today. As well as the financial strain (estimated at £23bn in the UK alone), the effects of the disease on patients, carers and their families are devastating.
The Berkshire Memory & Cognition Research Centre is a joint initiative between the University of Reading and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The Centre allows experts to conduct crucial research including how diet and lifestyle can affect dementia, as well as the impact of the disease on carers and their families. In addition the Centre also runs clinical trials offering access to possible new treatments and interventions.
Within Berkshire, dementia patients and their families do not have sufficient access to on the ground specialist support and treatment. The NHS is under-resourced and valuable space in A&E and hospital beds is taken up by dementia patients who could be better cared for in a specialist environment. Involvement in clinical research trials is also critical in tackling this disease and we are responding to that with our NHS colleagues to increase opportunities to get involved in research through our Thames Valley Clinical Trials Unit.
As a global university, we are well placed to help in the collective effort to address this global problem with our partners across the world, but in addition, as one of Berkshire's biggest employers, we have an obligation to our local community to help improve patient care and the lives of patients & carers.
The Centre allows to continue and expand our renowned research in areas such as the positive effects of nutrition on cognition, novel approaches for tackling malnutrition in dementia, and developing 'dementia friendly' information guides for patients and their families.
The Berkshire Memory & Cognition Research Centre works with health partners to undertake research that could make a real difference to the lives of people both in the local area as well as societies across the world.
HOW TO FIND US
The Berkshire Memory & Cognition Research Centre is based in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. Access the campus via the Earley Gate Entrance and the entrance to the Psychology building is located in Carpark 25. Click here for the campus map and directions (PDF - 2.67MB).
There are designated parking bays at the front of the building.
Please collect a parking permit from reception on arrival.