Returning the pleasure of reading to people with dementia

Award Number
Status / Stage
12 June 2023 -
10 July 1905
Duration (calculated)
117 years 11 months
Dunhill Medical Trust
Funding Amount
Funder/Grant study page
Dunhill Medical Trust
Contracted Centre
University College London
Contracted Centre Webpage
Principal Investigator
Dr Aida Suárez-González
PI Contact
WHO Catergories
Models across the continuum of care
Tools and methodologies for interventions
Disease Type
Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA)

CPEC Review Info
Reference ID345
ResearcherReside Team


Award NumberR337-0214
Status / StageCompleted
Start Date20230612
End Date19050710
Duration (calculated) 117 years 11 months
Funder/Grant study pageDunhill Medical Trust
Contracted CentreUniversity College London
Contracted Centre Webpage
Funding Amount£164,206.00


Reading is one of life’s great pleasures, as well as being essential to many daily tasks. Sadly, difficulty reading is also one of the first symptoms of Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA), a rare form of dementia. Neuropsychologist Dr Aida Suárez-González has made it her mission to return this ability to people with PCA, in the process helping people with other neurological conditions too.


With my team at UCL, we set out to create an easy-to-use app called ReadClear, which would apply these techniques to adapt texts and make them easier to read. Thanks to funding from the Dunhill Medical Trust (DMT), I was able to work on the project for three years. We were also able to recruit a software developer to help us develop the app.

Throughout the project, co-production was very important – we developed the app together with people with PCA, directly using their input to inform and shape its development. After we had created the early prototype of ReadClear, we started visiting people with PCA in their homes to test it out.