The Dementia Research Collaborative (DRC) at UEA is a group of researchers, educators, clinicians and lay people who are interested in dementia research.

The aims of the group are:

i)    to disseminate cutting-edge dementia research findings across UEA, health services and the public, and 

ii)    to foster research collaborations across UEA, health services and the public.

We run an ongoing series of free bi-monthly dementia open forums at UEA (currently online) which create an exchange of knowledge between researchers, clinicians, the general public, people with dementia and their carers.  Anyone with an interest in dementia research is welcome.

Researchers from UEA, and guests, will present their latest innovative research studies and findings, with a different dementia researcher leading each event.  There's an opportunity to ask questions of the researcher and to find out how to take part in any upcoming studies at UEA.

You can watch previous Open Forums on our YouTube channel, the UEA Dementia Open Forum.

Our next Dementia Open Forum is on Friday 24th September 2021 at 2pm on Zoom

‘Can web-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy support family carers of people with dementia?
Findings and experiences from our iACT4CARERS feasibility trial’

Guest Speaker: Dr Naoko Kishita, School of Health Sciences, UEA

Caring for someone with dementia can be hard, and family carers are at higher risk of developing depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, family carers are currently under-provided for by NHS psychological services. This is because some carers are unable to travel, others do not have access to skilled therapists and, for others, finding somebody else to look after the person with dementia while they attend psychological services is an issue. Online treatments could address this. Dr Kishita will present the findings of a recently funded project in which web-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for family carers was developed and piloted, and will share the implications of the research. 

Dr Naoko Kishita is an Associate Professor in Dementia and Complexity in Later Life within the School of Health Sciences at UEA. Naoko’s research programme focuses on the development of psychological interventions for family carers and older people to meet the specific needs of these populations. Naoko has a particular interest in using technology to improve accessibility and equality of opportunities for care.

Please email for a link to attend this event.