A brief history



In 1999, a multi-professional group of researchers from Europe (UK, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland) who had contributed to the international literature in early dementia, gathered at the University of Hull, UK, co- funded by the European Commission (file no: SOC97 201452 05F03). The 1999 meeting included others from the UK, Spain, and The Netherlands who had also received co-funded support for related research from the European Commission.

Findings of pan-European psychosocial research in early dementia were pooled and INTERDEM, a network of research-practitioners / clinicians was thus established, with its first meeting hosted by INTRAS in Zamora, Spain in 2000. The purpose of this clinical academic network was to promote research on early recognition and psychosocial intervention in dementia, to build capacity and to develop a better understanding of the experience of people with dementia and their families, throughout Europe.

Annual Meetings and topic specific research meetings were organised. From 2002 on these coincided with the Alzheimer’s Europe annual meeting, since this was seen as a route for the dissemination of high quality pan- European research in early recognition and timely psychosocial intervention, thus enhancing best practice initiatives within the wider practitioner community. An INTERDEM co-ordinating Board was established in March 2006 to oversee the growing network across European nations. This website was developed from a co-funded European Commission project DIADEM and hosted by Alzheimer’s Europe (2004 -2007) and was then transferred to INTRAS, Spain.

About us


  1. To develop pan-European research on Early, Timely and Quality Psychosocial Interventions in Dementia.
  2. To actively disseminate this and enhance practice, policy and the quality of life of people with dementia and their supporters, across Europe.
  3. To place people with dementia and their supporters at the centre of European research and practice, by actively involving them in developing these activities.

How do we work?

New members can apply for participation in Interdem by sending a letter with CV to the chair (prof. M. Vernooij-Dassen‎). Participants need to have:

  • publications in non pharmacological /non bio-medical approaches to dementia
  • a PhD or equivalent preferably in dementia care or a recommendation by an internationally renowned dementia expert in the field.

All applications will be reviewed by the Board. New members are invited to present their work and that of their group (including the head of their Centre if appropriate) at our Annual Interdem meeting alongside Alzheimers Europe or on another meeting.

Interdem has established Task forces in which members collaborate regarding a specific topic. The task force on methodology in psychosocial research is led by Prof. Esme Moniz-Cook and Prof.Myrra Vernooij-Dassen.
The aim is to prepare scientific publications on methodological issues.
The task force on assistive technologies is led by dr. Franka Meiland and prof. Anthea Innes and aims to collaborate in international research proposals and publications.

Who is involved?

  • In September 2017 we have 170 members (academic and clinical researchers) from 19 European countries and 4 countries outside Europe from the following professional disciplines: clinical or academic psychology / neuropsychology, medical sociology, social medicine, epidemiology, social work, occupational therapy, human movement therapy (physiotherapy), gerontological and mental health nursing, primary care physicians (GPs), and specialist physicians in geriatric medicine, neurology / neuropsychiatry, psychiatry and old age psychiatry..
  • Senior academic and clinical researchers, who are affiliated with a Research or Dissemination Unit in Dementia Care or University Department and who have a strong international published reputation in dementia care research.
  • Members who primarily conduct their research in Europe, with a few exceptions.
  • Members who lead Charities, Voluntary Organisations and NGOs, that represent people with dementia and carers as well as people with dementia or families who wish to join.

Become a new member

Applications for membership of INTERDEM in the form of

  • a letter of application and
  • an up to date brief curriculum vitae (on the form available on the INTERDEM web-site) should be  submitted to the Chair of the INTERDEM Board (Prof Myrra Vernooij-Dassen) and will be considered at the next Board meeting.

INTERDEM is a network of researchers exploring psychosocial interventions for dementia, who develop and implement  studies relevant to the INTERDEM vision and objectives (see also the INTERDEM Manifesto). Membership is free.

INTERDEM Membership is open to those who:

  • Have completed a PhD or equivalent
  • Have peer-reviewed publications on psychosocial research in dementia
  • Are willing to be an active and regular contributor to  INTERDEM meetings, workshops and projects

In exceptional circumstances the Board may vary these criteria on an individual basis.

If you have published in dementia care and are a senior academic or clinical psychosocial researcher, affiliated with a European Research or Dissemination Dementia Care Unit or University Department and you would like to collaborate with us, please send us brief information on your research activity & interest by completing this form.

You can download the form and send it by mail here.


EST. MARCH 2006 REV. 2009

  • Chair: Prof. dr. M. Vernooij-Dassen – Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Founder Chair – now Co-chair: Prof. E. Moniz-Cook – Hull, UK.
  • Board member: Dr. M. Franco – INTRAS, Spain.
  • Board member: Prof. F. Verhey – Maastricht, The Netherlands.
  • Board member: Prof. B. Woods – Wales, UK.
  • Board member: Dr R. Chattat – Bologna, Italy (2009)
  • Board member: Prof.  M. Orrell – Nottingham, UK.
  • Board member: Dr.  I. Holmerová – Prage, Czech Republic.
  • Board member: Dr. F. Meiland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Board member: Dr. M. de Vugt, Maastricht – the Netherlands.
Interdem board (december 2016)

Website committee


  • Franka Meiland, Health Psychologist – VU University Medical Centre
  • Hilde Verbeek, Neuropsychologist – University of Maastricht
  • Elena Mariani, PhD student – University of Bologna Department of Psychology
  • Inge Klinkenberg, Postdoctoral fellow and INTERDEM Academy coordinator, Maastricht University
  • Eva Iglesias, Communication Department – Intras Foundation