IDEAL Project Meeting

Here is a short video (1m:17s) of IDEAL Chief Investigator Professor Linda Clare discussing the project and the work that the wider REACH group undertake.

Find out more about the IDEAL project team

The IDEAL project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (UK) and the National Institute for Health Research (UK) through grant ‘Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: living well with dementia’ (Investigators: L. Clare, I.R. Jones, C.Victor, J.V. Hindle, R.W.Jones, M.Knapp, M.Kopelman, A.Martyr, F.Matthews, R.G.Morris, S.M.Nelis, J.Pickett, C.Quinn, J.Rusted, R. Litherland, J.Thom).

The research team is led by the Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) group based at the University of Exeter.

Here are our project partners:

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia. They will support carers of people with dementia to influence this project and help to disseminate findings. Dr James Pickett represents the Society in IDEAL.

Brunel University

The Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies (BIAS) aims to advance knowledge in the field of ageing with the aim of improving the quality of life and health of older people. Professor Christina Victor from Brunel University will lead on the impact and capacity development aims of the project and will contribute to the quantitative and qualitative work plans. Dr. Isla Rippon based at Brunel will work on impact related activity for IDEAL.

Cardiff University

Professor Ian Rees Jones from the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) will lead on qualitative research and the integration of quantitative and qualitative findings. He will supervise a linked PhD studentship addressing dementia and social class. Dr Alexandra Hillman is the qualitative researcher for IDEAL based at Cardiff.

Innovations in Dementia CIC

Innovations in Dementia CIC works nationally with people with dementia, partner organisations and professionals with the aim of developing and testing projects that will enhance the lives of people with dementia. Rachael Litherland from Innovations in Dementia will support people with dementia to influence the project and help disseminate findings.

King's College London
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Professor Robin Morris, who is a neuropsychologist at the King's College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, will collaborate on the components in the quantitative and qualitative work plan, including study design, analysis and research dissemination. Professor Michael Kopelman will contribute to study design and quantitative analysis.

London School of Economics

Researchers from the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, including Professor Martin Knapp and Catherine Henderson, will be involved in the health economics aspects of the project.


RICE (Research Institute for the Care of Older People) is a charity covering a wide variety of areas intended to advance the knowledge and treatment of the more serious conditions affecting older people, with a particular focus on Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. RICE is led by Professor Roy Jones.

University of Exeter

The Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) at the University of Exeter is the lead centre for the IDEAL project. Professor Linda Clare is the chief investigator of IDEAL, Dr Sharon Nelis is the project manager and Dr Catherine Quinn and Dr Anthony Martyr are coinvestigators of IDEAL and members of the research team. Dr Yu-Tzu Wu, Dr Ruth Lamont and Helen Davey complete the research team.

University of Sussex

Professor Jenny Rusted from the School of Psychology will collaborate on components of the quantitative work plan. She will contribute to the capacity-building aims of the programme by managing a linked PhD studentship in association with Dr Henglien Lisa Chen from the School of Education and Social Work

University of New South Wales

Dr Jeanette Thom from the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales will contribute to the quantitative work plan. Jeanette will focus on the role of physical activity in living well with dementia.


NWORTH (North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health), the Bangor Trials Unit, is a multi-disciplinary and multi-functional team with experience and expertise in healthcare research and clinical studies from initial idea generation through to final publication and dissemination. NWORTH will be responsible for data management and will collaborate on the quantitative work and research methodology.  Dr John Hindle is also affiliated with NWORTH.

Newcastle University

Professor Fiona Matthews is a Professor of Epidemiology in the Institute for Health and Society at Newcastle University. Fiona will contribute to the quantitative work plan and analysis.

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