News and Blogs
16 March 2020
We are monitoring the COVID19 situation and it is with regret that we have decided to postpone the Ulster datathon.
26 February 2020
Health records from over 80% of the Welsh population have been used to create the UK’s first national-scale health database for dementia research. DPUK researchers have used Welsh NHS records to create the new resource, allowing doctors and scientists to investigate fundamental questions about dementia with greater confidence, paving the way for new treatments.
6 February 2020
The New therapeutics in Alzheimer's Disease (NTAD) study, supported by Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), is testing new brain scans that are revealing early changes in the brain that are a signature of Alzheimer’s disease. These markers for the disease will be used to test whether experimental treatments can delay, or even prevent, the progression of the disease.
The DPUK blog
27 March 2020
Distant colleagues, a screen-based social life and perhaps some home-schooling, has become the new normal for most of us in the UK. Although some clinical researchers will be retraining to support coronavirus efforts, those who work with big data will be at home, doing their best to carry on there. Dementia research doesn’t stop in a time of corona – but it certainly changes. Dr Michele Veldsman, a dementia data researcher, is tracking her experience.
17 February 2020
Dr Delia Gheorghe is a postdoctoral research assistant at DPUK, investigating how childhood experiences influence brain structure in later life. This is how she got here.
Sometimes it’s only a small thing that triggers the changes that can lead to a dramatic step in your career. Here, Luke Whiley, an analytical chemist by training, reminds researchers to look out for opportunities in the small stuff. He tells the story of how a relatively small grant has taken him far in his career in dementia research – to the other side of the world in fact!
Two datathons in two weeks - autumn has certainly been busy season for the DPUK datathon team who have crossed the country to support a host of new dementia studies get off the ground. If you missed out on the DPUK datathons in UEA and Swansea, there are many more in the pipeline – don’t worry!
14 November 2019
Luke Whiley won a DPUK grant to investigate gut-brain interactions. On World Diabetes Day, he writes about the links between bacteria, diabetes and dementia.
Dates for your diary
Thursday, 16 April 2020 to Sunday, 19 April 2020
Dr Sarah Bauermeister will be presenting at the Cognitive Aging Conference. This is the premier conference for presentation of research about aging and cognition based on experimental cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience of aging, human factors and ergonomics, and longitudinal studies of age-related cognitive change, its correlates, and determinants.
Monday, 20 April 2020 to Wednesday, 22 April 2020
This conference at the Wellcome Genome Campus will bring together scientists working on studies in childhood, adult and late life to identify novel biomarkers of functional decline and development of disease susceptibility, and to understand the lifetime drivers and underlying pathways of these processes.
Thursday, 23 April 2020
This funding call from the Weston Brain Institute provides seed funding, without requirement for preliminary data, to support high-risk, high-reward, translational research on novel biomarkers detected in patient-derived fluids for neurodegenerative diseases of ageing.