Scanning for amyloid
Amyloid is a brain protein which is associated with dementia, but it is difficult and expensive to detect. The scientists are conducting brain scans on 500 men and women who are already members of a long-term health study. Their extremely valuable data will be used to develop new, more convenient ways of testing for amyloid in the brain.
The team is using an advanced brain scanning technique – PET-MR imaging – on 500 people who are members of the 1946 birth cohort. The scans will help scientists develop convenient and robust methods to identify cases of dementia, Parkinson's disease or Motor Neurone disease from the data that is routinely gathered by long-term health studies, GPs, hospitals and death records. These recently completed brain scans makes these participants' data extremely valuable for further research.