Research Overview

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) is dedicated to supporting research that improves care practice, influences social policy, and enhances quality of life of people living with dementia and those who care for them.

The ASI has developed key partnerships and relationships with academic institutions in Ireland and elsewhere to build our network of support and influence.

We support dementia-related research in the following ways:

• Funding or co-funding research projects
• Sharing advice and expertise
• Assisting with research implementation
• Facilitating recruitment of participants to research studies
• Facilitating Person Public Involvement (PPI) support
• Identifying Research Priorities across Ireland

Click here to download the full report ASI’s Research Strategy 2017-2020

Meet the team

Dr Bernadette Rock

Dr Bernadette Rock is Policy and Research Manager with The ASI. Bernadette has developed and is implementing The ASI’s research strategy 2017-2020 including a research funding strategy. A key focus is developing a Person Public Involvement (PPI) and supporting people with dementia to engage in research activities. Bernadette is facilitating a research prioritisation process with the aim of bringing together people with dementia, carers, researchers and health and social care professionals to identify and prioritise dementia research questions. A graduate of Trinity College and UCD, Bernadette was awarded a PhD in Sociology for research on fatherhood and parenting identities. Bernadette has previously worked in the National Disability Authority, The Childhood Development Initiative and The National Children’s Hospital.

If you wish to get in touch with Bernadette please contact

Dr Laura O’ Philbin

Laura is the ASI Research Officer and manages some new and exciting projects with a particular focus on building and coordinating research involvement and engagement among people with dementia, caregivers, researchers, and other stakeholders.

Laura has a PhD from Bangor University in Wales, where she was based in the Dementia Services Development Centre. After completing her PhD in 2018, Laura worked in academic research before joining The ASI. She also holds a BA in Psychology.

If you wish to get in touch with Laura please contact


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