MODEM project launch

Modelling costs and outcomes for dementia

Date: 15th May 2014, 13:30 - 16:00
Venue: NAB LG.08, New Academic Building, London School of Economics


Dementia – considered one of the leading challenges for the country as the population ages – has been flagged as a high priority for government, the NHS and local councils. Evidence suggests that there are currently 670,000 people with dementia in England, with annual costs of £23 billion with the contribution of family carers being valued at £8 billion.

In December, the G8 countries held a Dementia Summit in London. The joint declaration from the eight Health Ministers included a commitment “to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers while reducing emotional and financial burden.”


This event launched a new collaborative study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research. MODEM - Comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and cost impacts of interventions for dementia - will develop a comprehensive set of quantitative models to forecast how many people will develop dementia in England over the next 30 years; the unpaid support services available from family and other carers; and the projected costs of their treatment and care.

It will be carried out in collaboration with researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Newcastle University, the University of Southampton, University of Sussex and the International Longevity Centre-UK. It is one of six dementia projects being funded under a major new ESRC/NIHR programme.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Sube Banerjee (University of Sussex)
  • Professor Carol Jagger (University of Newcastle)
  • Professor Emily Grundy, Adelina Comas-Herrera
  • Professor Martin Knapp (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Dr Doug Brown (Alzheimer’s Society)
  • Emily Holzhausen (Carers UK)

Further information

Blog article summary of the event, Margaret Dangoor on her involvement in the MODEM project 

Launch event presentations: (2014) Modelling future costs of long-term care, MODEM project launch 

Comprehensive approach to modelling outcome and cost impacts of interventions for dementia (MODEM) project