Here you'll find all the latest news from DPUK.
22 September 2022
New research reveals the association between cumulative life course adversity, depression, and cognitive performance. The findings are published in the scientific journal Nature Scientific Reports.
7 September 2022
DPUK is delighted to welcome the health technology company Five Lives as its newest industry partner.
15 August 2022
The UK government has announced the launch of a ‘national mission’ to tackle dementia, pledging again to double research funding to £160m per year by 2024.
28 June 2022
Diadem SpA, a company developing AlzoSure Predict, the first blood-based test for the early prediction of progression to Alzheimer’s disease, has joined DPUK as an industry partner.
Researchers use DPUK Data Portal to explore pathways linking social and lifestyle factors with cognitive function
24 June 2022
A new study in the DPUK Data Portal has found that social and lifestyle factors – such as education, income and physical activity – have a direct effect on cognitive performance. The researchers also showed that late-life lifestyle factors may help preserve cognitive function indirectly by reducing the degeneration of brain cells.
2 June 2022
Our circumstances and experiences in childhood can have lasting consequences for our thinking skills, according to a new study funded by Dementias Platform UK.
31 May 2022
Researchers have made more than 1,000 applications to access cohorts within the DPUK Data Portal.
12 April 2022
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.
11 April 2022
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.
28 March 2022
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.
21 March 2022
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.
15 March 2022
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.
7 March 2022
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
28 February 2022
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.
23 February 2022
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.
21 February 2022
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.
8 February 2022
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.
2 February 2022
A team of UK researchers has been investigating the association between prescription medications and dementia using a dataset funded by Dementias Platform UK (DPUK).
17 January 2022
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.
15 January 2022
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.