Research Associate in Dementia Identification

Position Type: Full time, fixed Term

Salary: £43,093 – £50,834 plus benefits

Closing Date: 14/12/2022

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine is one of the world’s leading universities. Imperial’s School of Public Health (ISPH) is a leader in public health research, as evidenced by the 2022 Research Excellence Framework. The Ageing Epidemiology (AGE) Research Unit at ISPH carries out ground-breaking research to inform dementia prevention strategies.

The NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) Dementia Capacity Building Programme, jointly funded by the NIHR and the Alzheimer’s Society, supports early-career (post-doctoral) researchers in developing skills and experience in the field of dementia.

This is an exciting opportunity for a post-doctoral Health Services Researcher to join the NIHR ARC programme for Northwest London (ARC NWL), and AGE Research Unit, and make a genuine contribution to the fight against dementia. The focus will be on development, piloting, and evaluation of community-based case-finding and support for individuals with cognitive impairment or dementia, delivered by Community Health Workers (CHWs) (PI: Dr Benedict Hayhoe); the postholder will also have opportunity to be involved in the CHARIOT PRO (PI: Prof Lefkos Middleton) and eFINGER PRINT (PI: Prof Miia Kivipelto) studies with rich state-of-the-art data.

Community health workers (CHWs) have detailed knowledge of households in their catchment area and liaise proactively with GPs. With a skillset including medication adherence, healthcare system navigation, monitoring chronic disease, and symptom identification, CHWs are ideally suited to identification and management of individuals at risk of dementia. Launched in 2021, the Westminster CHW programme is expanding into Kensington and Chelsea, as well as other localities in the North of England. Assessing the role of CHWs will have enormous potential in terms of expanded roles in dementia identification and support across the country, with significant scope for further, larger scale research over time.

CHARIOT PRO is a prospective longitudinal, biomarker and data – enriched study of cognitively healthy individuals, aiming to evaluate key biological mechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and identify risk. e-FINGER PRINT is a population-based study for ADRD prevention and includes piloting of innovative e-based assessments and interventions for self-led lifestyle.

Location: Imperial College London, Charing Cross Campus, W6 8RP London (Hybrid)