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Here you'll find all the latest news from DPUK.

Genetic and activity information will enhance detail within Great Minds volunteer registry

DPUK’s Great Minds register gives researchers access to more than 6,800 well-characterised volunteers who are ready and willing to take part in dementia studies.

Study in DPUK Data Portal finds recurrent depression affects cognition in over-50s

A large-scale analysis of two UK datasets has shown that recurrent depression affects performance in several tests of thinking skills. However, this difference was not altered by taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, suggesting that neuroinflammation may not be the underlying process driving depression’s effect on cognition.

New study begins measuring brain scans to score brain health

Researcher Dr Jodi Watt is to examine thousands of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans to identify patterns of brain health. Based at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Dr Watt will be using the UK Biobank Cohort and the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD) cohort for her exciting postdoctoral project.

DPUK Director signs open letter calling for dementia 'medicines taskforce'

DPUK Director Professor John Gallacher has co-signed an open letter to the UK prime minister, published by the Sunday Times, calling for greater investment in dementia research, taking inspiration from the COVID-19 vaccines effort.

Cognitive frailty confirmed as a feature of normal ageing rather than underlying dementia

A new study by a DPUK-funded researcher has provided evidence that cognitive frailty is a feature of unhealthy yet normal ageing, rather than a sign of impending dementia.

New AI model accurately predicts the best dementia medication for each patient

A team of researchers has developed the first model for prescribing personalised medication to treat dementia. The model uses artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the most effective dementia medication for an individual based on factors such as their age, sex, and memory assessment scores.

People with both type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure have worse brain health than those with just one of these conditions

A new study co-authored by a DPUK-funded researcher has found that people with type-2 diabetes have worse overall brain health than people with high blood pressure, and that those with both conditions have even poorer brain health.

Study finds hearing aid use is linked to slower decline in thinking skills

A new study has found that hearing loss increases the risk of a precursor to dementia called mild cognitive impairment – but this increased risk is not present in people who wear hearing aids.

New research suggests lowering brain cell excitability could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Previous research has found an inconsistent relationship with dementia and benzodiazepines – a group of sedative drugs used to treat conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. Now, using the DPUK Data Portal, a team of researchers in France has investigated the association further and found compelling evidence that benzodiazepines reduce some of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

DPUK receives funding to run four art workshops to improve diversity in dementia research

Dementias Platform UK has been awarded a £23,000 grant from Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Inspire Fund, which supports public engagement initiatives to improve understanding of dementia and dementia research.

Study finds over 200 common medications are associated with dementia

A team of UK researchers has been investigating the association between prescription medications and dementia using a dataset funded by Dementias Platform UK (DPUK).

PhD student develops new tool to make studying brain waves easier and more accurate

Brain waves provide an insight into brain cell activity, but they are notoriously difficult to isolate and analyse. Now, a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford has developed a new method to help researchers study brain waves that has exciting implications for detecting and treating dementia.

Apply now for the DPUK Spring Academy for beginner cohort analysts

DPUK's all-new Spring Academy is a week-long series of lectures, presentations and guided tutorials giving researchers an introduction to cohort data analysis techniques.

DPUK Associate Director awarded honorary OBE

Professor Ronan Lyons, Associate Director of DPUK, has been awarded an honorary OBE in recognition of his distinguished career in science and health.

Scientists call for investment in tools for early dementia detection

With an effective treatment for dementia proving notoriously elusive, recent years have seen an increasing focus on secondary prevention – detecting and treating those at high risk or in preclinical stages of the disease as early as possible to reduce its impact. Now, a new review summarises the landscape of secondary prevention of dementia and outlines what needs to happen next.

New clinical trial to test drug for diabetes in reducing risk of Alzheimer’s dementia

The lack of effective treatments for Alzheimer’s dementia is one of the key challenges to modern medicine and society.

New study finds link between high blood pressure and poorer thinking skills

A study conducted in DPUK’s Data Portal has found that people who have high blood pressure (known scientifically as hypertension) tend to have significantly smaller brain volumes and perform worse in mental tests.

Welcome to our new-look website!

We've revamped our website and refreshed our branding to mark the launch of the second phase of DPUK.

Dementias Platform Australia launched to make study of ageing ‘truly global’

DPUK is delighted to support the launch of Dementias Platform Australia (DPAU), a new initiative enabling access to research data from dementia studies carried out in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

DPUK Director describes Arts for Brain Health conference as ‘a celebration of life’

The Director of DPUK, Professor John Gallacher, has praised the latest Arts 4 Dementia conference in his review for The Lancet.

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