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The Dementia Research Collaborative (DRC) at UEA is 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

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

Events Events

The next UEA Dementia Open Forum is taking place on:

Monday 12th November 2018 from 2-3pm in the NEAT Suite, Room 01.09, Queens Building, UEA (see map)

Speaker: Professor Chris Fox, Clinical Professor/Honorary Consultant Psychogeriatrician, Norwich Medical School

'Sleeping medication harms and benefits in dementia'

The HTA ZED study:

Poor sleep is common for people who have dementia. It can lead to poor quality of life for them and their carers. Z-drugs (zolpidem, zopiclone and zaleplon) are sleep-drugs commonly given to people with dementia to improve their sleep.  Some studies suggest that Z-drugs may be harmful, but no studies have looked into the effects of Z-drugs for people with dementia. Good sleep is very important, but we need to understand if Z-drugs cause any possible harms. Using existing medical records, we compared the quality of life, memory, and number of falls, infections, strokes, broken bones, and deaths, for a group of people with dementia taking a Z-drug with those for a group not taking a sleep-drug. We will discuss our findings and the consequences for people with dementia and those caring for them.

Professor Chris Fox is a clinician and runs a memory assessment clinic. He chairs the Nihr national dementia research portfolio development group. His research is focused on assessment and treatment in cognitive impairment.

The bi-monthly series of free dementia events at UEA 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 will present their cutting-edge research studies and findings – with a different UEA dementia researcher leading each event. There will also be an opportunity for people to find out how to take part in any upcoming studies.  At the end of each meeting there will be a short 15 minute Q&A and there will be tea and coffee on arrival.  The events are sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research UK.

To book or for more information about the event contact:

Tel:        01603 593540

The events are open to all and free to attend.  Parking is free of charge in the ‘Main Visitors Car Park’ only and parking tokens will be validated at the registration desk on arrival.  Please note that other car parks on campus incur standard UEA parking charges.  

Many thanks and we hope you will be able to join us.

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To get in contact with the Dementia Research Collaborative (DRC) please email us at