SCOTTISH scientists are to take a leading role in the newly launched world's largest research group into the study of dementia. Researchers from
The group aims to improve detection, treatment and ultimately prevention of dementia by looking at the disease in the context of the whole body and not only the brain.
The announcement comes as Prime Minister
The UKDP will study data from two million volunteers aged 50 and over who have taken part in existing research projects such as
Participants in these studies have already provided a wealth of medical and lifestyle data that experts will examine alongside ongoing genetic studies, brain imaging and tests of mental skills.
The aim is to identify biological changes and shifts in thinking abilities that are linked to the condition.
It is hoped this could lead to earlier detection and improved monitoring of dementia and will help inform better ways of testing new treatments.
There are approximately 88,000 people with dementia in
Four of the 14 UKDP group leaders who will steer the project are from
Researchers hope to gain a better understanding of who is at risk of developing dementia, possible triggers for the disease, and what might speed or slow its progress.
Data from the project will be made available to scientists around the world in a bid to accelerate progress in dementia research and encourage innovation.
The project was announced by
SCOTTISH scientists are to take a leading role in the newly launched world's largest research group into the study of dementia.