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£2m programme for dementia research

Researchers at UEA’s Norwich Medical School have been awarded more than £760,000 as part of an initiative to investigate dementia risk reduction. The funding is part of a £2 million investment from Alzheimer’s Research UK in four cutting edge projects, and will be the largest charity based funding of its kind.

The project will be headed by Prof. Anne Marie Minihane, and will centre around exploring the relationships between increased physical activity, the ‘Mediterranean Diet’ and how these lifestyles may link to the prevention of the disease.

The project will also involve the analysis of medical data from over 9,000 adults to establish links between physical health and brain health.

Speaking on the current project, Prof. Minihane said: “We are grateful to Alzheimer’s Research UK for this opportunity to identify effective strategies to improve brain function and mitigate the predicted doubling of dementia cases in the UK by 2050.”

A recent report by the charity stated that with enough intervention into the causes of dementia the number of people affected, and their informal carers, could be cut by over a third by 2030. They have estimated that this would save the UK economy £14 billion.

This proves to be a welcome addition from the work UEA has contributed to dementia research including Prof. Michael Hornberger’s co-development of spatial awareness app Sea Hero Quest and Prof.

Earlier this year, UEA pledged to partake in Age UK’s Dementia Friendly Norwich campaign, which had an increased emphasis on research.

10/10/2017

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