Launch of the Centre for Economic & Social Research on Dementia


The official opening of the newly established Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia (CESRD) at NUI Galway took place on Tuesday, 31 January. Professor Eamon O’Shea, Director of CESRD, which is funded by the Health Research Board gave an inaugural lecture entitled Bringing it all back home – Re-imagining Dementia Care in Ireland.

The CESRD has been funded through  a €1.6 million award from the Health Research Board. The vision is to provide transformative research and policy frameworks that will support personhood within dementia care through an integrated, holistic and person-centred approach to resource allocation for people with dementia.

CESRD’s research programme will investigate optimal, person-centred pathways to care, and placement for people on the margins of home care and residential care. “We want to examine the economic, social and emotional costs of caring for people with dementia, with a  particular emphasis on non-pharmacological approaches”, explains Professor O’Shea. “We also want to fully explore the concept of personhood in dementia, which in essence means treating the person with  dementia as a person in the first instance. Unfortunately, people with dementia have long experienced instances and behaviours which have denied their personhood, for example being ignored, disrespected or not treated with dignity.”

“The centre is committed to a  partnership approach with all  dementia stakeholders,  particularly  with people with dementia and their carers,” said Professor O’Shea

In addition, CESRD will focus on the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy. It will also promote and build capacity in economic and social research on dementia, develop the next generation of research leaders in the area, and engage directly with health policy makers and practitioners.

The Centre’s mission is to:

  • Support economic and social research on dementia in Ireland
  • Develop and facilitate new thinking on dementia in Ireland that focuses on personhood within dementia
  • Develop research capacity and facilitate collaboration and networking opportunities in relation to economic and  social research on dementia
  • Provide the research framework for critical appraisal of  the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy in Ireland
  • Include people with dementia and their informal carers in the research process

The work will be hosted at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at NUI Galway and will complement the university’s existing investment in social gerontology and health economics.