From the Director, Prof Chris Rowe

ADNeT recently successfully launched its Dementia Research Volunteer Register – a register where any person over the age of 50 with normal memory function or cognitive decline can sign up to participate in dementia research.

Amyloid plaques – the main feature of Alzheimer’s disease – build up slowly in the brain over many years before damage to the brain occurs and the signs of dementia become evident. This gives us the opportunity to find individuals at risk of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease before they develop any symptoms.

With drugs now at various stages of development that have been shown to clear brain amyloid plaques and slow the progression of dementia, new trials are looking at whether providing treatment before symptoms appear can prevent or delay the onset of dementia.

Read more in the article below and consider signing up as a volunteer.