Summer School: Alzheimer’s disease research methodology

After the success of the Alzheimer’s disease summer school last year, we look forward to this year’s summer school event focusing on research methodology From Cell to Populations. We are pleased the summer school is becoming an annual event with more spaces available this year. The summer school takes place 11th – 14th June in Edinburgh.

The week-long event will bring together post-graduate students from across disciplines for an overview of the diverse scientific methods currently used in Alzheimer’s disease research. The summer school is an exciting opportunity for the attendees to network and consider the possibilities of cross-disciplinary research. The main course will take place over 4 days centring around research methods, with an optional 5th day on statistical methodology.

The aim of the summer school is to extend understanding of research methods beyond the attendee’s current discipline to appreciate the methods, strengths and weaknesses of other approaches to the disorder, as well as to develop critical appraisal of research design.

We are delighted the lecturers from last year continue to support the educational programme by offering to present their recent work. The summer school will include a lecture by Dr Stuart Ritchie on cognitive abilities, cognitive ageing, and their neural substrates, including data from Edinburgh’s own Lothian Birth Cohort Studies.

Prof Tara Spires-Jones will deliver a lecture “The neurobiology of dementia – from mice to men”, covering the state of the field of the pathobiology of Alzheimer’s disease ranging from human pathology to the molecular cascades involved.

This year, the summer school will include a lecture by Dr Julie Watson on qualitative research – the what; why and how – with illustrative examples from the field of dementia.

The final 5th day will be led by Dr Graciela Muniz-Terrera with two statistics modules: a lecture exploring study design (both cross sectional and longitudinal) and methods for longitudinal data and a model on longitudinal modelling, drawing on examples and theory.

The week-long agenda also includes talks from Dr Chris Henstridge, Prof Robert Stewart, Prof Craig Ritchie, Prof Adam Waldman, Dr Tom Russ, Dr Vanessa Raymont, Dr Tam Watermayer, Dr Dennis Chan, Prof Karen Ritchie, Dr Andrea Piccinin, Dr Phill Jones, Dr Crispin Jordan, Dr Alison Green and Dr Abigail Diack.

We look forward to welcoming the summer school students to our centre – and encourage you to tweet throughout the week @CenDemPrevent!