In March of 2010, the University of Heidelberg's "Gerontology Network" established the "Postgraduate Program on Dementia" under the direction of Dr. Andreas Kruse and Dr. Konrad Bayreuther.
Within the scope of the program, which is funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, fourteen aspiring scientists - supported by professors in twelve different fields from five German universities - are conducting interdisciplinary research into a variety of issues, including "Conflicts in Couples Affected by Dementia," "Technical and Cognitive Impairments in Old Age," "Nutrition for Dementia," and "Autonomy in the Context of the Social Discussions on the Dementia Syndrome." The breadth of their research accounts for the fact that dementia affects many aspects of life and, as a result, must be researched in an interdisciplinary manner from a number of different viewpoints. The goal of the program is to improve how we as a society deal with dementia and to create the conditions necessary to improve methods of treatment and care structures.
In addition, the program's participants will also become qualified to teach both from a medical and care perspective as well as at university level. And thanks to the program's interdisciplinary approach, it should improve the sharing of knowledge and experience between individual health care professions and particularly the real-world application of theoretical knowledge, both of which are becoming increasingly necessary to combat the syndrome.