Join Dementia Research News

Meet the helpdesk heroes

18 October 2016


Our three charity partners provide an essential service to Join Dementia Research, manning a telephone helpline, to answer any questions about the service and to help people register. Thousands of people register through the helpdesks every year and often have a variety of different questions about dementia research and dementia in general. We spoke to […]

Blood pressure drop on standing ‘may be linked to dementia’

17 October 2016


This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website. “Have you ever felt dizzy when you stand up?” asks the Mail Online. “You could be more at risk of dementia,” the website warns. Researchers in Holland found a weak link between blood pressure drops on standing and the chances of getting dementia. But whether […]

Super Smellers study

10 October 2016

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This study is investigating whether Parkinson’s disease can be diagnosed as a result of changes in the skin. It is looking for healthy volunteers who may be able to take part via Join Dementia Research. Through outreach activities in the Parkinson’s disease community, a woman has been identified who claims to be able to detect […]

Can a digital platform be a useful tool for families living with dementia?

5 October 2016

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The Dementia Post Diagnostic Digital Platform study is looking to test whether a new digital platform of a website, an app and software is an effective post-diagnostic support tool for people with dementia and their families. Research Fellow for the study, Dr Killin, fills us in with more information. What are the main aims of […]

Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED) feasibility study

4 October 2016

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People with memory problems can struggle with everyday activities. They may stop doing things they want to do. They are more prone to accidents and have a higher risk of falling. Occupational therapists can advise on how to do daily activities set at the right level, and safely. Physiotherapists can teach exercises, which improve balance, […]

Why do we need biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease?

29 September 2016

Professor Simon Lovestone, Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oxford

This blog was written by Professor Simon Lovestone, Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oxford and was originally featured on the NIHR website.    There is an increasing focus on finding biomarkers, or tests, for dementia. Whether in the contents pages of journals, or in conference programmes, biomarker research seems to be the order […]

World Alzheimer’s Day – Find out how you can help beat Alzheimer’s disease

21 September 2016


Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, so we thought we’d bring you a round-up of just a few of the latest studies investigating Alzheimer’s disease that are looking for volunteers:   The MINDSET Study This drug study, sponsored by Axovant Sciences Ltd., is looking at whether an innovatory new drug could be used to help improve […]

The TASKED Study

15 September 2016

Professor Eneida Mioshi, Chief Investigator for the TASKED Study

As well as causing memory problems, dementia can make it hard for people to carry out everyday tasks. This affects quality of life for both the patient and their family carer, as well as being expensive for the NHS and social services. The difficulties people with dementia have with daily tasks are partly to do […]

Preliminary evaluation of Lithium as a GSK-3 inhibitor in MCI

12 September 2016

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Lithium is a naturally occurring element and is present in very low levels in our environment including our drinking water. As a medicine it has been used for many years as a highly effective treatment for disorders of mood but more recently it has been found to exert some effects which may be beneficial to […]

Living with dementia: life story work could help

8 September 2016


A new study has found that life story work has the potential to help people with dementia. Life story work involves helping people to record aspects of their past and present lives along with future hopes and wishes, often in a book or folder or, increasingly, in music, film and multi-media formats. The NIHR funded […]

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