Enabling participation in research
By equipping sites up and down the country with state-of-the-art PET-MR scanners, DPUK has made it easier and more convenient for people to participate in research studies for dementia.
"I'm fortunate enough to live in Oxfordshire so getting to the clinical research facility is quite convenient. It's been great having all my appointments at the same site as visiting busy hospitals can be quite stressful when you don't know the layout. As I work full-time, the research team have even been able to offer me evening appointments which means I do not have to book time off work. Not knowing what to expect can cause a little anxiety – especially when I had both an MRI and on a separate visit a lumbar puncture – but I was amazed and relieved that all the staff are absolutely brilliant in explaining in detail everything that is going to happen. It's always made clear that your wellbeing is a number one priority for all involved."
Mary-Jane is a research participant in 'EPAD', a Europe-wide study network which pioneers the use of adaptive trials in Alzheimer's disease. EPAD and many other multicentre studies are made possible because of DPUK's imaging infrastructure investment.