Tara Spires-Jones: the brain is complicated but funding research will bring progress

EDINBURGH, UK - 25th November 2015:  A cross-discipline research centre established to understand and tackle risk factors associated with dementia has been set up by the University of Edinburgh.  The Centre for Dementia Prevention will bring together specialists from the fields of medicine, basic science and the social sciences to help identify risk factors linked to the disease and deliver potential treatments to halt its progression.  Pictured CDP launches at Edinburgh's College of Art.   (Photograph: MAVERICK PHOTO AGENCY)

In 2015, 48 million people were living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure for the disease – eagerly anticipated results from a recent drug study by Ely Lilly unfortunately showed another drug did not work. Dr Tara Spires-Jones from the Basic Science domain in the Centre for Dementia Prevention … Continue reading Tara Spires-Jones: the brain is complicated but funding research will bring progress »

Vacancy: Full Time Study Doctor

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The Centre for Dementia Prevention is looking to recruit a full time Study Doctor (AMN2). This is an exciting opportunity to support the set-up and delivery of a large commercially sponsored observational cohort study called CHARIOT-PRO. CHARIOT-PRO seeks to identify, recruit and longitudinally assess healthy volunteers at risk for Alzheimer’s Dementia. The post-holder will be required to support … Continue reading Vacancy: Full Time Study Doctor »

Tying together the toxic proteins in Alzheimer’s Disease

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This week the Basic Science domain in the Centre for Dementia Prevention was involved with an important new publication looking into two key proteins that are involved with the development of dementia. In this new paper, the Spires-Jones lab asked the question of whether Amyloid Beta and Tau are working together to cause the build up of toxic … Continue reading Tying together the toxic proteins in Alzheimer’s Disease »

Our Centre’s Commitment to Sustainability

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The Clinical Domain in the Centre for Dementia Prevention has recently moved into a new purpose built clinical trials unit at Edinburgh BioQuarter – while the staff are focused on delivering clinical trials, we are also conscious of our own working environment. As such, we are pursuing an award for Office Sustainability in our new building and are committed to … Continue reading Our Centre’s Commitment to Sustainability »

Exploring environmental risk factors for dementia

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In a recent article on the Centre for Dementia Prevention website, Dr Tom Russ discussed the geographical differences in dementia morality rates. Following on from this work, the University of Edinburgh researchers at the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre and Centre for Dementia Prevention undertook a systematic literature overview to look into environmental risk factors … Continue reading Exploring environmental risk factors for dementia »

Detecting early changes in cognition in people who have a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia

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We are thrilled to report on recent progress on the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD) study. EPAD is a pan-European study led from the Centre for Dementia Prevention at the University of Edinburgh that aims to build a platform for delivering proof of concept drug trials for the prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia. The study … Continue reading Detecting early changes in cognition in people who have a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia »

World Alzheimers Day: why we’re excited about dementia research

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  This video is subtitled and can be viewed on silent.  September 21st is the International Alzheimer’s Day and a fantastic opportunity to look at dementia research through the eyes of the three Centre for Dementia Prevention directors. Professor Charlotte Clarke, director of the Social Science domain; Professor Craig Ritchie, director of the Clinical Science … Continue reading World Alzheimers Day: why we’re excited about dementia research »

Geography seems to play a role in a person’s risk of developing dementia

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This video is subtitled and can be viewed on silent. We are delighted to share the background of the first publication affiliated with the Centre for Dementia Prevention – the paper is co-authored by the CDP’s Dr Tom Russ and researchers from the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. The research was … Continue reading Geography seems to play a role in a person’s risk of developing dementia »