Providing a high quality environment for dementia research

Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre is in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and provides a high quality environment for dementia research.

The facility provides a high-quality research environment for investigations into the causes and treatment of dementia, and care provided by relatives and friends. It commissions and continue to build a balanced portfolio of scientific and clinical research as well as develop and maintain a dementia brain tissue bank.

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Tom Russ holding his book, 'FAQs on Dementia'
22 May 2024

FAQs on Dementia, authored by our Director, Dr Tom Russ, and Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Advisor, Michael Huddleston, has been selected for the Reading Well booklist collection.


The new booklist from The Reading Agency features titles recommended by a panel of people affected by dementia, leading health professionals, and library staff. The collection has been built to help people understand more about dementia and includes books that provide information and advice; there are also personal stories and children’s fiction. 


We are delighted that the book is included in the collection and is now freely available at local libraries in time for Dementia Action Week. FAQs on Dementia intends to give readers expert responses to frequently asked questions about Dementia. Including the voices of those with lived experience, questions have been contributed by people with lived experience of dementia and The Scottish Dementia Working Group and the National Dementia Carers Action Network also contributed the foreword. To mark the publication of the Reading Well for Dementia List, Dr Russ, attended the House of Commons on Wednesday 22nd May, 2024, and enjoyed meeting authors and supporters of Reading Well for Dementia.

You can access the book at local libraries or find out where to get your copy at Sheldon Press. Browse the entire Reading Well for Dementia list at

Image of the Herald Scotland article
03 October 2022

We were delighted that on the 29th of September 2022, BBC News Scotland reported on the findings from research investigating changes to dementia diagnosis during Covid-19, a collaborative project between the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre  (ASDRC) and Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (ECRED). The project was co-produced by “BUDDs” (Better Understanding Dementia Diagnosis), a group made up of people with lived experience of dementia and researchers, and funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

In the article, BUDD members, Barry and Margaret, share their experiences of dementia and diagnosis during the Covid-19 pandemic. The key findings of the study are also highlighted by Lindsay Kinnaird, a researcher on the project. You can read the full article on the BBC News Scotland website.


Following on from BBC Scotland's feature,  the Herald Scotland (2nd October 2022) also reported on the research. In the article, BUDDs member, Louise, discusses her experiences with her mum's dementia, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. ASDRC Director and Principle Investigator of the research project, Dr Tom Russ, who is also a Consultant Psychiatrist who worked throughout Covid-19, also discusses changes to diagnosis that occurred during Covid-19. The key findings of the study are also discussed. Read the full article on the Herald Scotland website here.


The research team and the centre are extremely grateful for all the valuable contributions and time BUDDs gave to the project. The team thoroughly enjoyed working with BUDDs throughout and, with the project now at an end, will miss them greatly! To read about the project and view the project report and animations, visit the project webpage here.