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Browse our blog for an insight into the vital work our researchers are doing to tackle dementia. We also explain more about the different types, symptoms and risk factors of dementia, busting the jargon and offering helpful tips and advice.

In conversation: Postdoctoral researcher Gaurav Bhalerao talks about the significance of neuroimaging studies

Gaurav Bhalerao is a postdoctoral researcher currently working in the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) project. His research interests include neuroimaging in psychiatry, machine learning, and computational modelling of brain stimulation. In this one-on-one discussion, he takes time to go into greater depth on specific aspects of his research work in imaging studies.

Exercise alters brain chemistry and prevents dementia - here’s how

We’ve all heard that exercise is good for us, mainly how it strengthens our body and helps us prevent diseases. But many people don’t know about the other important benefits of exercise – that it can help in reducing ageing too.

What are biomarkers and why are they important in dementia research?

Recent advances in blood-based biomarkers have led to headlines about potential blood tests for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In this blog post, we explore how researchers can use biomarkers to see dementia-related changes in the brain, track disease onset and progression, and test the effectiveness of promising drugs and potential treatments.

We did it! Team DPUK hikes 26 miles for dementia research

On Saturday 24 September 2022, five members of team DPUK hiked 26 miles in the Peak District to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK.

DPUK researcher picks ‘top 5’ highlights of AAIC dementia research conference

Last month, dementia researchers from around the world flocked to San Diego for the latest edition of the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) – the world’s biggest dementia research conference. Among the attendees was Dr Ludovica Griffanti, an Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellow at Oxford University who co-leads DPUK’s imaging pipelines project. On World Alzheimer’s Day 2022, Dr Griffanti picks out some of her highlights from the packed conference programme.

Early-career focus: Melek Karadag-Assem

Melek Karadag-Assem is a research assistant on the DPUK-funded New Therapeutics in Alzheimer’s Disease (NTAD) and Synaptic Health in Neurodegeneration (SHINE) studies, based at the University of Cambridge. On World Alzheimer’s Day 2022, we spoke to Melek about her background, her work on NTAD and SHINE, and her plans for the future.

A trip for brain health: can travel therapy offer an innovative treatment for dementia?

We’ve all heard of music and art therapies as an effective treatment method for mental health disorders. But what about travel therapy? A study suggests that this new remedy could have a positive impact on mental wellbeing – particularly for people with dementia.

What effect does sleep have on dementia?

Research shows that lack of sleep could raise your chances of developing dementia. Find out more about the links between sleep and dementia in our latest blog post.

Progressive supranuclear palsy: a condition causing movement issues and dementia

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a condition that causes symptoms relating to movement, especially eye movement, as well as dementia. Although people with PSP experience dementia, skills like decision-making, organisation and concentration are more impaired than memory. Read this blog post to find out more about this rare type of dementia.

Dementia and hearing aid use: investigating the barriers

Bailey Filer is a summer research assistant at DPUK. Read about her project exploring how to reduce dementia risk by promoting the use of hearing aids to correct hearing loss.

Dementia decoded: brain scans

There are several different ways to generate detailed images of the brain in a living human, each of which requires a specialised type of brain scanner. As technology advances, machines are developed that can even combine multiple types of scan in one. Learn about the different brain scanners that exist and how they work in this blog post.

'Aspirin man': celebrating the career of Professor Peter Elwood

Well-wishers from DPUK and beyond came together to celebrate the career of eminent epidemiologist Professor Peter Elwood.

Neuroinflammation: does the brain’s immune system hold the key to treating dementia?

When the body’s immune system is activated – by anything from bacteria to toxic chemicals – it releases certain cells that trigger inflammation. This is the cause of the swelling, redness and pain that appear when you damage your skin. A similar process called neuroinflammation occurs beneath the skin when something threatens to damage the brain. There is a growing collection of evidence that neuroinflammation may play an important role in the progression of dementia.

Dementia Action Week 2022: Diagnosis

The theme of this year's Dementia Action Week is diagnosis, highlighting the importance of diagnosing dementia. To contribute to the discussion, we shared the following content on our Twitter account throughout the week.

How are rates of dementia changing?

The latest figures estimate that 57.4 million people are currently living with dementia across the world. Experts are trying to predict how this number will change in the coming years to better inform global public health messaging and resource allocation.

Dementia in other animals

Humans aren’t the only species that can develop dementia – a condition known as cognitive dysfunction syndrome has been reported extensively in dogs as well as cats, horses, and rabbits.

How can data help prevent dementia?

Data is an invaluable resource that can provide insights into health from a population level right down to each individual within it. By looking for trends in datasets, data scientists can answer questions such as how likely certain people are to get dementia, what the typical biological hallmarks of dementia are, and even detect the earliest signs that an individual’s health is deteriorating.

Journal special issue sets out novel treatment approaches to tackle vascular dementia

Treating vascular disease has huge potential to improve the cognitive health of people around the world, according to a special issue of a major new journal edited by DPUK researcher Dr Atticus Hainsworth.

Accessing memories through music

Music is around us all from a very early age, whether in the form of nursery rhymes or the music our parents danced around the kitchen to. But while music we listen to at an early age may not always shape our own taste as we get older, music is deeply intertwined with memories and can take us back to an exact point in time to relive the sights, sounds, and feelings.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: a rapidly progressing form of dementia

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare form of dementia that affects one in every 5,000 people across the world. In CJD symptoms get worse very quickly, with 90% of patients dying within a year of their diagnosis. Read on to learn more about this extraordinary type of dementia.

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