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New protocol paper showcases brain health study recruitment platform

A new paper details what the DPUK volunteer recontact register is and how it can be used by researchers to recruit highly characterised participants to brain health studies.

DPUK scientists develop new way to predict biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease

A team of researchers from the University of Oxford and the Alzheimer Center Amsterdam has successfully predicted the Alzheimer's disease biomarkers present in cognitively healthy individuals from their risk factors.

DPUK joins new global data initiative to advance research in Alzheimer's

DPUK is a founding partner in the newly launched Alzheimer's Disease Data Initiative (ADDI) and its Alzheimer's disease (AD) Workbench.

MRC confirms multi-million-pound renewal of funding for DPUK’s dementia research

The UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC) – part of UK Research and Innovation – has today confirmed a multi-million-pound renewal of funding for Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), in partnership with industry and the third sector.

Investigating the global mental health impact of COVID-19 pandemic

DPUK researchers have secured funding to investigate the global mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DFP study back up and running after coronavirus pause

The DPUK-led Deep and Frequent Phenotyping study has resumed after being paused at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

'Meeting the challenge of dementia': new DPUK report launched

DPUK has this week launched a new report summarising its achievements to date and looking ahead to its future role at the leading edge of dementia research.

Sheffield joins DPUK imaging network with new PET-MR scanner

The University of Sheffield’s new PET-MR scanner is to become part of the DPUK imaging network, supporting research into the detection and treatment of dementia.

Next DPUK datathon to take place virtually in November

DPUK’s next datathon – the second to be held virtually – will take place from 16-27 November, it has been announced today.

Mental health disorders are an important predictor of cognitive decline, study shows

Anxiety and depression are more important predictors of cognitive decline than factors such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, new analysis has shown.

Study shows value of big data in highlighting effects of childhood adversity

New research has provided further evidence of the link between childhood emotional abuse and changes in the structure of the brain, highlighting the power of big data to shed light on how our early experiences affect us in later life.

DPUK response to the government Roadmap on research and development

Comment by Professor John Gallacher, Director of Dementias Platform UK

New study suggests childhood intelligence plays protective role against late-life terminal decline

Researchers from University College London (UCL), the University of Edinburgh and the University of Montreal have shown that higher childhood intelligence has a long-term association with levels of cognitive function – even towards the end of life.

Virtual DPUK datathon kick starts dementia cohort research online

An international group of scientists from universities and industry is logging into the first virtual DPUK datathon which starts today.

Professor Kia Nobre elected to National Academy of Sciences

DPUK scientist Professor Kia Nobre has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of her distinguished achievements in cognitive neuroscience.

Researchers assess reliability of UK Biobank cognitive tests

DPUK-funded researchers have published the results of their investigation into the reliability and validity of cognitive tests undertaken as part of the UK Biobank health data cohort.

Comment: COVID has exposed the need for flexible global data access


At a time when the work of disease modellers has been thrust into the spotlight, DPUK’s director, Professor John Gallacher, comments on the important role of technology platforms which democratise access to global health data.

Scientists show link between ‘toxic’ Alzheimer’s protein and impairments in brain communication networks

DPUK-funded researchers have shown for the first time a link between the accumulation of an Alzheimer’s-associated protein and the function of communication networks within the brain’s nervous system.

DPUK Data Portal: new paper outlines ambitious vision for future of cohort research

A new paper shows how the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Data Portal is transforming the way researchers access vital health data that could hold the key to tackling one of the world’s most pressing medical challenges.

Study demonstrates existence of 'accumulators and non-accumulators' of Alzheimer's proteins

A new study led by Dr Ivan Koychev of Dementias Platform UK has found that some people experience a rapid accumulation of two proteins in the brain associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease: amyloid and p-Tau.

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