Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research Awarded £2.8m Funding


The Wales Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) has been awarded £2.8 million in funding for the next five years.

The funding is part of a £44 million investment from the Welsh Government into health and social care research. With a role to improve the quality of care in Wales, Health Technology Wales (HTW) were named collaborators on the successful bid.

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“We’re delighted with the news of the successful bid and we’re looking forward to the exciting opportunities ahead” said Dr Susan Myles, Director of HTW. “Our collaboration with CADR will help to prioritise the technologies that can make a difference to social care in Wales. It will also support the development of more innovative ways to support people to achieve their personal wellbeing outcomes.”

Diane Seddon, Reader in Social Care at Bangor University, said:

“We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Health Technology Wales to research the ways technologies can make a positive difference to the everyday lives of older people, including those living with dementia, and their carers. We will also be thinking about strategies to engage with the social care sector to explore the latest technologies available.”

CADR is a world-class research centre that addresses key internationally important questions about ageing and dementia in order to improve the lives of older people. It integrates multi-disciplinary activity and is led by Swansea University.  In collaboration with Bangor University, the Centre works in partnership with a broad range of policy and practice-based collaborators.

The collaboration with HTW will provide opportunities for both parties to work together on research proposals that focus on social care technologies for older people. This could include reviewing evidence of what works and barriers to the uptake of technologies in community-based and residential settings.

Click here to learn more about CADR.


Health Technology Wales (HTW) is a national body working to improve the quality of care in Wales.

It collaborates with partners across health, social care and the technology sectors to ensure an all-Wales approach to the identification, appraisal and adoption of non-medicine health technologies. HTW supports evidence-informed decision making, which is essential for health and care providers to deliver safe and high quality care services.

They are funded by Welsh Government and hosted within NHS Wales, but independent of both. Their remit covers any health technology that isn’t a medicine, such as medical devices, surgical procedures, psychological therapies, tele-monitoring or rehabilitation.


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