Thursday 16 August 2018

Volunteers needed for study on signs of dementia

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A search is underway to find 100 middle-aged people in Ireland to take part in a ground-breaking investigation aimed at finding ways of identifying signs of dementia up to three decades before they strike.

It has the potential to give new hope to the thousands of people who will develop decline in brain function in years to come.

The research at the Global Brain Health Institute Trinity College in Dublin will run over three years and involve testing volunteers aged 40 to 59.

Prof Brian Lawlor, who is co-director of the institute and a working psychiatrist in Dublin, said the volunteers will be without dementia or any form of severe cognitive impairments.

They are seeking some people who have a parent with dementia and others with no family history of the disease.

He said: "Recent research indicates subtle changes in brain function or structure may be detectable during middle adulthood.

"Mid-life may be a golden time to introduce measures to help prevent the onset of dementia."

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Irish Independent

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