DESK REVIEWS | 10.05. Are there any capacity building initiatives for dementia research? For example, fellowships/scholarships or networks for building early career researchers in dementia?
DESK REVIEW | 10.05. Are there any capacity building initiatives for dementia research? For example, fellowships/scholarships or networks for building early career researchers in dementia?
No initiatives specific for dementia were found. As a matter of extra information, research in cognitive impairment and dementia conducted by Brazilian universities (both alone or in partnerships with international universities) has increased in number and improved in quality in the last years. A study has shown that between 2003 and 2013 there was a 4.98-fold increase in the output of Brazilian researchers in cognitive disorders. However, even though this growth seems positive, the number is still low in comparison with international standards (Toledo et al., 2014).
Toledo, A. A. S. F., Nitrini, R., Bottino, C. M. de C., & Caramelli, P. (2014). Brazilian research on cognitive impairment and dementia from 1999 to 2013. Dementia & Neuropsychologia, 8(4), 394–398. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1980-57642014DN84000015
The Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology are bodies under the Government of India that provide opportunities for young scientists to pursue innovative research in dementia and cognitive science through research grants and fellowships. These bodies also provide a platform to organise conferences, symposia, training programmes and workshops for academic and research institutions and other professional bodies working in the field of dementia and cognitive science. Moreover, research institutes such as National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) offer post-doctoral fellowships for neurologists and geriatric psychiatrists to develop specialised skills in dementia research. The Cognitive Neurology subdivision of the Indian Academy of Neurologists conducts teaching courses in cognitive neurology (IAN, n.d.). Cross-national collaborative schemes of the Government of India such as the Commonwealth scheme, Fulbright-Nehru scholarship, DST-INSPIRE and Welcome DBT program offer short-term and long-term fellowship programs for researchers to train in institutions abroad in the area of dementia. The University of Stirling offers an MSc in Dementia Studies distance learning scholarship programme in India (University of Stirling, 2022).
Indian Academy of Neurology (n.d.). Cognitive Neurology. Available from: https://www.ianindia.org/cognitive-neurology.php
University of Stirling (2022). MSc Dementia Studies (Online). Available from: https://www.stir.ac.uk/courses/pg-taught/dementia-studies/
To our knowledge, the few initiatives for capacity building come from international institutions/initiatives such as the Global Brain Health Institute’s training program; specific calls for international projects like the Newton Fund, or through large projects that include this as one of its components such as the 10/66 and the STRiDE projects.