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This work will support the development of national policies for dementia in the face of rapidly growing global numbers of people with the condition.

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£8 million study to strengthen responses to dementia in developing countries

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is to lead a £7.9 million project to build research capacity and provide much-needed evidence on dementia care in seven low- and middle-income countries.

Funding has been awarded by the Research Council UK (RCUK) through its Global Research Challenges Fund, which aims to ensure that UK research takes a leading role in addressing challenges faced by developing countries. The research is led by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at LSE, in partnership with the Universities of Sussex and Cape Town, Alzheimer’s Disease International and Dementia Alliance International. The project - called STRiDE (Strengthening responses to dementia in developing countries) - will help to improve dementia care, treatment and support in seven countries, including India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa. It will do so by strengthening capacity in those countries to develop and sustain effective care and support for people with dementia and their families.

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LSE Health awarded major European grant for big data project

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LSE Health has been awarded its first major European big data grant. From January 2017 it will coordinate 36 organisations in a public-private consortium with a total budget of 7.2 million Euros. As the leading academic partner, LSE Health will play a prominent role in developing the Innovative Medicines Initiative’s “Big Data for Better Outcomes” (BD4BO) programme strategy.

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LSE Global Health Initiative 

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The Global Health Initiative is a cross-departmental research platform set up to increase the coherence and visibility of global health research activity across the School, both internally and externally. It provides support for interdisciplinary engagement and showcases LSE’s ability to apply rigorous social science research to emerging global health challenges.

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Research centres and groups

LSE Health 

LSE Health's unique research base contributes to the School's established world presence and reputation in health policy, health economics, and demography. Its mission is to advance, transmit and sustain knowledge and understanding through the conduct of research, teaching and scholarship at the highest international standards, for the benefit of the international and national health policy community.

Bringing together a core team of researchers and academics, LSE Health promotes and draws upon the multidisciplinary expertise of 50 staff members, 50 associated academics and a number of postgraduate students. 

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European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies  

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. 

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Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU at LSE)

The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU at LSE) is one of the leading social care research groups in the world, and has contributed in many ways to the development of national and local policies and frontline practice in the UK and elsewhere. Its reputation for high-quality, robust research has encouraged many national and local policy-makers, commissioners and service providers to request its support in generating evidence to inform discussions and decisions. 

Led by Professor Martin Knapp, the PSSRU at LSE carries out policy analysis, research and consultancy in the UK and abroad. The Unit's current research themes focus around children and young people's services, dementia, long-term care, mental health economics and policy, social care service evaluation and economics, and unpaid care. 

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NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR)

The National Institute of Health Research's School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) is one of the leading funders of research into adult social care practice in England, and its mission is to develop the evidence base for adult social care practice by commissioning and conducting world-class research. 

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