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New data tool launches for dementia researchers

The ROADMAP Data Cube provides the first comprehensive overview of Europe-wide cohort data that are useful for dementia research. DPUK researchers were part of the international team to develop the new free interactive data discovery tool.

Participants make DPUK datathons what they are

68 researchers from a whole range of backgrounds came together in the latest two DPUK datathons. This diversity – in attendees, skills and research backgrounds – is the aspect that datathoners consistently report they like the most.

Experts unite to improve dementia research

Data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and clinicians are among a range of professionals invited to join a new national network to find innovative ways of conducting dementia research and care. DPUK’s Senior Data Manager is calling for data scientists to join up and commit their critical skills to dementia research.

New dementia research proposals taken forward following datathon

Multidisciplinary teams are pursuing investigations into the complex ‘comorbidity’ risk factors in dementia.

Research shows ‘strong association’ between cognitive performance in childhood and later life

New research supported by DPUK has shown that the performance of eight-year-olds on a test of thinking skills may be a predictor of how they will perform on tests of thinking and memory skills when they are 70.

Chair of 3 Nations Dementia Working Group joins the DPUK datathon

Nigel Hullah, dementia research advocate, champions collaborative DPUK datathons to improve the lives of people with dementia.

First participant arrives for screening as part of Deep and Frequent Phenotyping study

Research Trials

Researchers in Oxford have begun screening participants in DPUK’s Deep and Frequent Phenotyping (DFP) study – the world’s most detailed study into early Alzheimer’s disease.

Speakers announced for the DPUK datathon in Swansea

A packed line up of speakers representing a range of UK cohorts will be presenting at the next DPUK datathon. The three-day dementia research event kicks off in Swansea tomorrow.

Aducanumab: hope in a dry and wary land

Professor John Gallacher explains why the recent announcement by Biogen that it would be seeking approval for aducanumab – a potential drug treatment for Alzheimer’s – brings hope to those affected by the disease and living in a very dry and wary land.

Last week to sign up for DPUK datathons at Swansea and UEA

In the run up to the close of applications for the next two DPUK datathons, hear six different attendees talk about their experiences of our first event. The deadline for applications is 9am on 11 October.

Bringing dementia research together – DPUK 5-year celebration event

At the panel table, a leading stem cell scientist was sat next to an imaging expert, who was sat next to a research participant, who was next to the chief investigator of a just-launched nationwide dementia study. These people together represent both the future of dementia research, and the outcome of five years’ work to completely transform research infrastructure in the UK.

Experts and volunteers come together to celebrate five years' progress in accelerating dementia research

Scientists and health study volunteers from across the DPUK partnership came together to celebrate the launch of the world’s most in-depth study into preclinical Alzheimer’s disease - one of the most important outcomes from DPUK's work to transform dementia research infrastructure in the UK.

Unlocking dementia with innovation

Research support

Applications are now open for data experts to apply to join the next DPUK datathons – highly focused ‘hackathon-style’ events at Swansea University and the University of East Anglia this autumn. Datathons bring data scientists of all backgrounds to the dementia challenge.

DPUK health study links early blood pressure change to poorer brain health

Research involving participants in one of DPUK’s longest running health studies has revealed that changes in blood pressure in those as young as 36 are linked to signs of poorer brain health in later life. The findings show the particular value of long-term health records in our understanding of how degenerative brain disease begins.

DPUK at AAIC

DPUK's senior data managers joined thousands other scientists at world's biggest conference for Alzheimer's research. They found delegates to be excited about the potential to use real world data and machine learning to accelerate progress in dementia research.

Healthwise Wales cohort signs up to support dementia research

We’re delighted to be working with the HealthWise Wales cohort to recruit volunteers to Great Minds. Great Minds members play an active part in fast-tracking treatments for dementia. They share health data and complete cognitive tasks so that we can match them with studies that will help identify the origins of poor brain health. To date over 1,000 members have joined Great Minds.

Associate partner announcement: Life Molecular Imaging

Industry experts in molecular imaging are today announced as an associate partner in the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) consortium.

Data scientists’ opportunity to meet DPUK at ‘impactful AI’ event

Impact Research support

Machine learning experts who may not have previous experience of working on dementia will have the chance to meet DPUK’s senior researcher at the first in a new series of events for data scientists. They’ll learn about opportunities to apply their skills and make a real impact on developing treatments for dementia.

Dementias Platform UK datathon - understanding origins of dementia using machine learning

Better data Better methods Cohorts

Using machine learning (AI) techniques to analyse complex cohort data, a group of researchers uncovered hidden patterns in cohort data that might identify those at risk of developing dementia, or indicate promising areas for research into treatments.

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