In 2015, there were an estimated 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, predicted to rise to 1 million people by 2025.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but there are other types, including vascular and fronto-temporal dementia.
Dementia has a devastating effect on both individuals and their families, and is as yet, incurable.
The PREVENT Dementia study aims to identify the earliest signs of dementia, which scientists believe may occur in the brain decades before symptoms appear.
We are recruiting healthy volunteers in middle age (aged 40 – 59) to identify biological and psychological factors that may increase their risk of developing dementia in later life.
We give our volunteers a range of tests including blood tests, brain scans and cognitive assessments and follow how their brain health develops over time.
Our aim is to develop ways of identifying people at greatest risk of dementia and intervening in this process.
We hope to develop programmes of lifestyle changes and medical treatments, to prevent dementia taking hold.
We are extremely grateful to the Alzheimer’s Society for their continued support and to our many donors who help to fund the PREVENT Dementia study.