Dementia Research: Bridging the gap between Research, Policy and Practice

This half day event is a knowledge exchange seminar focused on designing and using research results for real-life impact. It will be hosted by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Dementia Research Network Ireland.

Why we want to do it:

Research indicates that up to 85% of health research funding is potentially wasted avoidably (Chalmers, & Glasziou, 2009). This highlights the importance of translating research into policy and practice, to ensure maximum impact and avoid waste.


To build understanding and awareness of how to plan and design dementia research so that the results can be used in real life. 

To show examples of good practice in research translation through case studies, group work and expert advice from experienced researchers, clinicians, people living with dementia and family carers. 

To provide attendees with opportunities to network and collaborate on dementia research. 

To build understanding of the challenges of making research relevant in real life and how to overcome these. 

How will we achieve these aims:

In this event we will use case studies, panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities to educate and demonstrate creative ways to bridge the gap between research and practice. This event will bring together people living with dementia, informal carers/supporters, healthcare professionals and researchers to share knowledge and build capacity for translating research findings into real life. 


The dementia research community (including research-active clinicians and early career researchers)

People with dementia

Family carers/supporters 

Healthcare professionals

Person & Public Involvement

We will work with an advisory group including people with dementia, family carers, researchers and healthcare professionals to fine-tune this event and ensure it is a relevant and useful experience for all involved. We have already consulted a group of eight people living with dementia and family carers and four researchers and clinicians in developing this application.

Award Date
26 April 2022
Award Value
Principal Investigator
Dr Laura O'Philbin
Host Institution
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland
Conference and Event Sponsorship Scheme