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Understanding brain ageing and dementia: a life course approach

When Nov 28, 2012
from 05:15 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Executive Office, Ness Walk
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Contact Phone 01463 279344
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"Understanding brain ageing and dementia: a life course approach"

Presented by Professor Lawrence Whalley

Honorary Research Professor University of the Highlands and Islands; Crombie Ross Professor Emeritus of Mental Health, University of Aberdeen

Professor Lawrence WhalleyOne cause of lack of successful drug trials in Alzheimer’s disease could be that the disease begins at least twenty years before any symptoms are noticed.

These issues raise the fundamental problem of dementia prediction. Who will develop dementia? When will it need to be treated to be stopped? Are there biological or psychological markers that could assist prediction? As in any other chronic progressive disease, answers to these questions can only be found if people at risk of dementia are carefully followed from healthy adult to the old person living with dementia. The science of life course epidemiology has developed the tools to take on this task. Professor Whalley will explain how this approach has much to commend it in aging and dementia research.

This lecture will review the main findings from life course studies in dementia. These include Professor Whalley’s well-known studies of more than 750 volunteers born in 1921 or 1936 and followed up from age 11 years to the present day.

Professor Whalley will use data from this programme and studies elsewhere to answer as best he can key questions about dementia. Can dementia be predicted? What are the first symptoms of dementia? Is it ever possible to prevent dementia or even to slow down its progress? Why are there no effective treatments?

Professor Whalley will present his lecture on November 28th at UHI Executive Office from 5.15pm to 7pm and will take questions.

To book a place or enquire about video-conference facilities in your area contact the events team tel: 01463 279344 or email events@uhi.ac.uk

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