Join Dementia Research News

Manchester children’s author helping to promote Join Dementia Research

7 July 2017

A Manchester children’s author who has written a book to help youngsters understand dementia is helping to promote Join Dementia Research. Tahira Junaid, of Old Trafford, wrote “I Forgot” in a bid to educate children about the condition and how it affects adults. For the past 10 years, Tahira has worked in Trafford libraries, where […]

Investigating brain ageing with multiple biomarkers in advanced elderly participants

4 July 2017

What are the main aims of the study? The aim of the study is to access individuals who are at an advanced age (60 – 100 years), and do not have any measurable problems with their memory. To do this a combination of psychological tests and brain scans will be performed that will help us […]

The Suvorexant (MK-4305) Insomnia in Alzheimer’s Disease study

26 June 2017

What are the main aims of the study? Many people with Alzheimer’s experience changes in their sleep patterns. Scientists do not completely understand why this happens. While changes in memory and behaviour may be expected with Alzheimer’s, sleep changes are not always anticipated. Sleep changes in Alzheimer’s may include the following: • Difficulty sleeping. Many […]

The PROTECT study – Fighting dementia from the comfort of your own home

19 June 2017

Dr Anne Corbett, Lead investigator for the PROTECT project

PROTECT is an extraordinary long-term project that is supplying dementia researchers with vital information through a series of online assessments and games. Participants are invited to take part in a range of studies, some of which involve the completion of a short series of brain training games, taking no longer than 15 minutes. Contributors have […]

“Alzheimer’s is like going down a spiral staircase. But if enough people take part in research, we will beat it.”

17 May 2017

For many people, retirement is something to look forward to. A time to live a nice life, well-earned after years of hard work. But sadly, for couples like Janet and Andy Gumbrill, a diagnosis of young-onset Alzheimer’s disease, can turn all those plans on their head. Childhood sweethearts and married since 1978, the couple live […]

Research assistant reveals the challenges and rewards of recruiting for dementia studies

People working in research often need tact, understanding and an ability to be sensitive and discreet. This is certainly the case for Daniel Kelleher. Daniel, 25, a research assistant with Humber NHS Foundation Trust, is one of a team of researchers who visits the homes of people living with dementia to see if they would […]

Two older drugs could be ‘repurposed’ to fight dementia

21 April 2017

This article has been reproduced from the NHS Choices website. “Depression and cancer drugs offer hope for dementia sufferers,” Sky News reports. The headline is prompted by a study looking at the effect of two drugs – one used to treat depression and another being trialled for cancer treatment – on neurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases […]

How can assessing people’s cognitive abilities reflect changes in cognitive over time?

19 April 2017

To understand how Alzheimer’s disease progresses and to evaluate effective treatments assessing cognition is important. However, assessments can be time consuming and not accurately reflect change in cognition over time. The Capturing Changes in Cognition (CatCh-Cog) study is looking to address these issues and develop a sensitive and time saving cognitive assessment. Kate Forsyth, the […]

LINKAGE Camden Study

11 April 2017

Delirium is a medical term used to describe a change in brain function which makes a person become suddenly confused. Their behaviour and concentration may also be affected. It can make people feel frightened, restless and suspicious. The symptoms can come on quickly and change from hour to hour. It is very common, particularly among […]

‘Getting help for forgetfulness’ – Encouraging timely help-seeking for dementia in Black African and Caribbean families

7 April 2017

NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) North Thames has produced a new resource to help Black African and Caribbean elders seek help from their GP when experiencing memory problems. The CLAHRC has developed a leaflet with information on why it makes sense to visit your GP if you experience memory […]

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