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More than £500,000 to fund dementia research at Exeter

Posted on May 28th 2015
in PenCLAHRC people, Research Funding

More than £500,000 to fund dementia research at Exeter

More than half a million pounds of new cutting-edge research which aims to advance us towards a dementia cure and improve dementia care has been awarded to the University of Exeter Medical School by Alzheimer’s Society.

In the UK alone, more than 850,000 people live with dementia, and the figure is expected to rise to more than 1 million by 2021 if no action is taken. Currently, dementia costs the UK economy £26.3 billion each year, on top of the emotional burden on families and carers.

Now, a series of awards from Alzheimer’s Society to health researchers will help us to better...

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Link between vitamin D and dementia risk confirmed

Posted on August 7th 2014
in Project update

Image of brain and sunshine

Older people are more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease if they are severely Vitamin D deficient, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted.

An international team, led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, funded in part by the Alzheimer's Association and supported by NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (also known as PenCLAHRC), studied elderly Americans who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study. They discovered that adults who were moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 per cent increased risk of developing dementia of any kind,...

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New app widens opportunities for dementia assessment

Posted on July 9th 2014
in Project update

Person on mobile phone

A team of clinicians from Plymouth and Sydney, Australia, have today launched ACEmobile - a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia.

The development of ACEmobile has been a collaboration between Professor John Hodges (Neuroscience Research Australia), Dr Rupert Noad (Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust), Dr Craig Newman and Professor John Zajicek (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry) and has been supported by funding from a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research grant, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula (also...

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Music at mealtimes may benefit those in residential care homes

Posted on January 9th 2014
in Project update

Elderly couple eating

Two systematic reviews undertaken by PenCLAHRC researchers have found that playing music at mealtimes in residential nursing homes is among a range of measures which could result in improved food intake among the elderly and better mealtime behaviour in those with dementia. A thorough analysis of research  has identified that introducing changes such as music, wider menu choices or a more pleasant eating environment could also reduce the risk and incidences of malnutrition.

The first systematic review, published in Ageing Research Review, investigated 37 papers on issues relating to the elderly living in residential care. It categorised five types of mealtime...

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