Monthly Archives: February 2016

Join Dementia Research celebrates its 1-year anniversary

24 February 2016

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Join Dementia Research celebrates it’s first anniversary today – a year since it officially launched. The groundbreaking service was launched on 24 February 2015 as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge of Dementia. It has seen a great public response in its first year, with almost 16,000 people signing up, and over 4,600 people have already taken part in […]

Alzheimer’s disease ‘wonder drug’ claims are premature

16 February 2016

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Reproduced from NHS Choices website. “Millions could be offered wonder drug to prevent Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear,” is the overhyped headline in the Daily Express. The “wonder drug” in question, bexarotene, has only been tested in worms as part of this latest Alzheimer’s research. In this study, researchers tried to identify drugs able to prevent […]

Can dementia be diagnosed by eye movement?

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Researchers at Lancaster University, in association with several NHS trusts, are conducting a study to investigate eye movements as a possible way to help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. The MODEM – Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease using eye movement study records eye movements and performance on cognitive tests to identify whether eye movements are related to other functions […]

‘Join dementia research’ helps with recruitment to all kinds of dementia research

12 February 2016

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‘Join dementia research’ helps with recruitment to a wide range of research projects, and can be used for researchers working outside of health. We spoke to Fran Allen, a Ph.D. student with The Warwick Manufacturing Group at Warwick University, about her research on home adaptations, and to Ken and Janet Allman, who have taken part in Fran’s research. Fran is in the […]

Day-to-day running of Join Dementia Research transfers to the NIHR Clinical Research Network

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From today (12 February 2016), the day-to-day running of Join Dementia Research transferred from the Office of the NIHR National Director for Dementia Research to the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre. We will continue to support improvements in dementia research, specifically to help improve research opportunities for the benefit of people at risk of […]

Health Research Matters

9 February 2016

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‘Join dementia research’ were at Imperial College London’s Health Research Matters event yesterday, raising awareness of research at the College. The event took place at Hammersmith Hospital, and was attended by healthcare professionals, researchers and patients. The day included tours of the Clinical Research Facility, which provides dedicated space and expertise to enable scientists and […]

Weight loss in middle age: A warning sign of dementia?

4 February 2016

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Reproduced from NHS Choices website. “How losing weight in middle age ‘could be a sign of dementia’,” the Daily Mail reports. A US study suggests there is an association between middle-age weight change and risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) – which, in some cases, can be an early sign of dementia. Symptoms of MCI […]

Finding ways to care for carers

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A new study has been added to ‘Join dementia research’ that is finding out how to better support carers. The project, funded by Alzheimer’s Society, is aiming to find ways to help carers to access much-needed therapy and support in order to cope with feelings that can arise as a result of their caring role, […]

Dementia research needs younger people without dementia too

1 February 2016

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‘Join dementia research’ helps with recruiting all kinds of volunteers for research studies, not just people affected by dementia. We spoke to Sally Jennings, a Ph.D. student at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge about her research on Alzheimer’s and Down’s Syndrome and Laura Phipps, Science Communications Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, who took […]

‘Join dementia research’ at UK Dementia Congress

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In it’s tenth year, the UK Dementia Congress brings together healthcare professionals, people with dementia and their carers, and was held in Telford at the beginning of November. What can professionals learn from people with dementia? One of the first sessions of day three of the Congress was entitled ‘What can professionals learn from people […]

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Monthly Archives: February 2016