Welcome to this inaugual blog post for #demphd. #demphd is a network for post graduate and early career researchers , all of whom have a shared interest in dementia and dementia research. We cover a range of perspectives, from basic scientific and biomedical research, through clinical and health services research, through to psychosocial approaches to dementia and research in dementia care. Demphd was first covened by Julie Christie and Anna Tatton, both of whom were phd students would found that there was no current informal network through which postgraduate students of dementia could talk to each other. For many of us, we are scattered across the world, in many cases within departments where there may not be other conducting research around dementia. Twitter provided the ideal network through which dementia PhD studnets could talk to each other and share their work, and so the #demphd hashtag was born. Anna and Julie are still actively involved in #demphd but have been joined by myself, Dr Grant Gibson at the University of Stirling, and by Clarissa Giebel and Paul Brownbill, phd students at the University of Manchester and the University of South Wales respectively.
The overall goals of #demphd are focused on
- Providing the space for postgraduates students and early career researchers in dementia to talk to each other about their research, and to share their experiences of the research process, and to develop their ideas.
- To help people make links with other researchers in dementia, with dementia services, and with other professionals involved in dementia care.
- Perhaps most importantly, to share their research with people living with dementia and their carers, and give people with dmeentia and their carers the opportunity to discuss dementia research, and to share each other’s perspectives.
Demphd talks are usually held on thursday evenings at 8pm UK time, and focus on a specific topic. Topics discussed in the past focus on issues about the research process, the experience of being an academic and/or researcher, and about topics of interests to dementia and dementia care. At the moment twitter chats are largely on an ad hoc basis, usually around every fortnight, with dates and subjects for discussion being announced in good time before a chat takes place. Topics previously discussed have included ethics in dementia research, the research process such as carrying out literature reviews or choosing research method, or portrayals of dementia within the media, language used around dementia, and how to involve people with dementia as full participants in research rather than just as research subjects. in previous years we have held chats chaired by senior academics, researchers or practitioners in dementia, and by people with dementia themselves. We hope this will continue in the future and will announce chairs for future chats here and on twitter.
We hope this blog will become the focal point for the postgraduate research community around dementia, but will also give people with dementia and their carers the opportunity to see what’s currently going on in dementia research, and to give their opinions, experiences and perspectives to the next generation of dementia researchers. We hope that in future this blog will contain a wide range of resources, from completed PhDs through to resources about carrying out a phd, blogs from other PhD students and researchers in dementia, and news about what is currently going on in dementia research.
We hope that you’ll find this blog informative and useful to your studies, or about finding outabout what we as ressarchers do and what contribution our respective research projects can make to our knowledge of dementia, its treatment and its care.
Grant, on behalf of the #demphd team.