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Language, Communication & Alzheimer’s Disease

31 October 2016

Given increasing public awareness and concern about Alzheimer’s Disease, this project seeks to expand public understanding of dementia-based language and communicative changes through research and public engagement. We caught up with Vineeta Chand, Chief Investigator for this study, to find out more: What are the main aims of the study? Our research focus is on […]

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

5 October 2016

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

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

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

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 […]

Relational Change and Grief in Dementia

6 September 2016

The Relational Change and Grief in Dementia study is looking to gain information that will help professionals give advice to those who are newly diagnosed with dementia about what might help them and their family carer maintain their relationship. In order to do this, the study team are aiming to gather information from people with […]

Demotivation in Dementia: Development and Validation of a New Scale

31 August 2016

Demotivation, or apathy, is common and observed in different neurodegenerative diseases. It is defined by a lack of motivation that can be seen in all aspects of an individual’s functioning. The Demotivation in Dementia: Development and Validation of a New Scale study is looking to explore different types of apathy/demotivation in people living with Alzheimer’s […]

World’s most in depth study to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

22 August 2016

  A new multimillion pound study, which will see the most thorough and rigorous series of tests to detect Alzheimer’s disease ever performed on volunteers, is announced today.  The Deep and Frequent Phenotyping study is funded by the National Institute of Health Research and the MRC and hopes to dramatically improve the success rate of […]

The ‘EARLY’ Study

16 August 2016

Introduction by Dr Pearson on The ‘EARLY’ Study Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease that causes increasing damage to the nerves in the brain with symptoms, referred to as cognitive decline, such as difficulty making decisions, memory loss, and behavioural problems such as anxiety. Specific protein fragments (Amyloid-beta), which are sometimes linked with nerve […]

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