EPSRC–Alzheimer’s Society challenge workshop: Sleep disturbance in dementia

Time: 10:30 - 17:00

Venue: Room 6.207, University Place, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL

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The Alzheimer's Society have identified an unmet need in technologies for dementia, setting a challenge around creating new technologies for sleep disturbances in dementia. EPSRC are sponsoring a one day workshop to bring together stakeholders, including engineers, sleep scientists, and people affected by dementia, to develop this challenge further and move it towards a submit-table grant application.

Poor sleep is a known risk factor for dementia, therefore promoting better sleep may be a way of reducing dementia risk. Dementia itself can affect people's sleep patterns and this can have a negative impact on a person's wellbeing.

The aim is to clarify key research questions that underpin the broader challenge and to scope out the best approaches and methodologies which would attempt to answer these. 

Workshop Agenda:

10:30 Registration.

11:00 Introduction by Alex Casson

11:10 Overview of the challenge/unmet need identified by Alzheimer’s Society.

11:40 Flash talks from: people with personal experience, Manchester, Surrey, Imperial, Nottingham on their backgrounds, expertise, interests.

12:20 Round table discussions on challenge, discussions with people with personal experience to add more depth on the challenge.

13:00 Lunch

13:30 Round table discussions on potential solutions/approaches. Iterative drafting of research questions.

14:30 Overview of Alzheimer’s Society and EPSRC funding opportunities.

15:30 Discussion on next steps, how to take forward.

15:50 Event summary and close.

16:00 Informal networking.

17:00 Finish.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to eleanor.tremble@manchester.ac.uk