Alzheimer’s Disease is a major sub-type of dementia. Over 700,000 people have this condition in the UK and the number is predicted to double within a generation.
The age-related dementias are recognised to be major public health problems that affect about 5% of the population aged over 65 years. Dementia affects as many people as those who have heart disease and cancer put together, but attracts proportionately much less funding despite great research interest.
Working in conjunction with the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network and NHS Tayside at Murray Royal Hospital in Perth, we aim to establish a research facility to understand the contribution of the rural environment to the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The centre will identify factors which impact on the disease so they can be removed from the environment or to enable the addition of suitable protection from them. The research will have global as well as local implications.
We will carry out two inter-connected studies on families affected by dementia, looking at differences between rural and urban lifestyles and identifying symptoms of intellectual change.
Why we are involved
- We're a major partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands
- Fully supported by Alzheimer's Scotland
- Working with the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network and NHS Tayside at Murray Royal Hospital
- A comprehensive health-related curriculum improves and supports health care
- Well-placed to develop population-based research with considerable local awareness of public health
Aims of the study
- To identify factors that might influence the development of dementia
- To identify areas in primary care that might offer advice to families affected by dementia
- With guidance from those families, design a care package for other affected families
How you can support us
- Become an ambassador
- Help us raise money for the study
- Make a contribution
Other specialist research centres on campus
Developing fields of research
Through the College's Development Trust, we want to enhance the success and the excellent reputation we currently enjoy in research by focusing our expertise in niche areas of local significance and collaborating more widely with businesses.
If you'd like to find out more about any of these exciting developments, then call Fiona Leslie on 01738 877215 or email her.