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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

General

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.

Celebrating research success in World Parkinson's Month

Stem cells

In the last few years, one of the labs in the DPUK Stem Cell network has been at the forefront of a groundbreaking approach in Parkinson’s and dementia research: human cell models of neurodegenerative disease. Their pioneering work is deepening our understanding of what goes wrong in some types of brain cells, and it is fundamental to the screening of new drugs to combat degenerative processes.

DPUK position on coronavirus

New webpage featuring information and guidance

Ulster datathon cancelled

We are monitoring the COVID19 situation and it is with regret that we have decided to postpone the Ulster datathon.

Wales leads the way in dementia research

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.

New brain scan may pinpoint early progression of Alzheimer’s disease

DPUK enabled experimental medicine

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.

DPUK brain imaging: harmonisation study launch

The first participant in the final stage to prepare DPUK’s scanners for multi-site dementia research comes in for their brain scan today

DPUK researchers take up international opportunities

Two early career scientists have used their DPUK funding to pursue international dementia research.

DPUK researchers featured by ‘women in science’ illustrator

Three of DPUK’s researchers are the subject of drawings by the science illustrator Nina Chhita this month.

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.

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