Working Group meetings launch


We’re excited to announce that our inaugural Working Group meetings are now underway. Yesterday Dr Danielle Newby Prevention Working Group Lead from the University of Oxford kicked us off with the our first meeting. This was followed today by Dr Timothy Rittman, University of Cambridge, and Dr Michele Veldsman, University of Oxford, Co-Leads of the Imaging Working Group. We’re staggering the Working Group meetings over the month to make it easier for people who are keen to be involved in more than one. We will be holding regular Working Group meetings in Applied Models and Digital Health, Genetics and Omics, Biomarkers, Experimental Models, Drug Discovery and Trials Optimisation, and Methods Optimisation.

The inaugural Imaging Working Group meeting earlier today

The focus of these meetings will be on our tangible outcomes: collaborative papers and grants, knowledge transfer activities and new partnerships. DEMON Network members are invited to get involved in these Working Group meetings, and between meetings we’ll be using our Working Group Slack channels to throw around ideas. Join the Network here for free if you’re not already a member.

A year on from our launch in November 2019 and we already have 687 members from six continents. The launch of these Working Group meetings is a major step forward in achieving our vision to revolutionise dementia research and healthcare by bringing innovators together and harnessing the power of data science and AI. Thank you to everyone who’s passion has made such fast progress possible.

Prof David Llewellyn
DEMON Network Director

Opportunity: DEMON Network National Leads


The DEMON Network brings together academics, clinicians and other partners. By connecting these people, we can identify innovative approaches to interdisciplinary collaborative dementia research.

We are recruiting National Leads to provide strategic support to the Network by developing activity in five key areas.

The following voluntary positions are available:

  • National Clinical Lead
  • National Industry Lead
  • National Data Science Lead
  • National Artificial Intelligence Lead
  • National Early Career Lead

National Leads will:

  1. Provide strategic support to the DEMON Network team and Regional Leads.
  2. Help to identify funding opportunities for Network-related activities.
  3. Promote DEMON Network activities by utilizing existing contacts.
  4. Help organize national Network events and activities relevant to the area of leadership.
  5. Work with the DEMON Network Steering Committee and Regional Leads to develop a national strategy for data science and AI in dementia.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Do you have experience in one of the five key areas?
  • Do you have capacity to spend around one day a month on Network activities?
  • Are you passionate about the application of data science and AI to dementia research?
  • Would you like to develop leadership experience and be a part of an exciting new initiative?

If so, we would love to hear from you!

To apply for a National Lead position please download the application form below, and send your completed application along with your CV to the Network Administrator Jan Alcott j.alcott@exeter.ac.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 29th January 2020.  

Further information

All applicants will be informed of the final decision by email by the 31st January 2020.    

National Leads will be selected for a two year term in the first instance. Reasonable expenses incurred meeting with the Network Steering Committee or similar activities agreed in advance will be reimbursed.

If you have any questions about the role please contact the DEMON Network Coordinator Janice Ranson j.ranson@exeter.ac.uk