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Catherine Calvin, an analyst at Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), investigates population study data of adults in midlife and older, to understand factors that relate to the risk of developing dementia in later life. In a recent paper published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, Catherine demonstrates that genetic susceptibility to developing obesity – a contributing risk factor for dementia – may be modified by lifestyle habits.
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Ivan Koychev, Great Minds lead and Clinical Scientist at Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), describes an exciting new chapter in dementia research which, with the support of generous new members of Great Minds, promises to accelerate the development of innovative new treatments.
‘I’d thought it was all doom and gloom for dementia research,’ said Marianne. ‘But I’d not understood that sometimes this is because testing on volunteers only takes place too late.’ DPUK brought together study participant Marianne Talbot and old-age psychiatrist Dr Ivan Koychev to discuss the bright prospects cohort studies offer dementia research.