Dementia and neurodegenerative diseases - research taking place at North Bristol NHS Trust
Our team includes Neurologists, Psychologists, Researchers and Nurses from both University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust.
We diagnose and treat patients with dementia and also offer clinical research opportunities to people with and without dementia. Our research focuses on early diagnosis of dementia, understanding how memory is stored in the brain and how this can be enhanced and clinical trials of treatment in dementia.
"We run one of the only brain health clinical services in the country. We see people with mild memory problems, offer precision early diagnosis or exclusion of dementia. We also offer evidence based brain health lifestyle advice and access to research which aims to delay the onset of dementia".
Susceptibility genes in dementia study
Since the late 1990’s we have been undertaking research to identify genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that is one of the most common forms of dementia. Since 2012, the study aimed to search for genes that may contribute to risk of Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI), commonly known as Vascular Dementia (VaD), which is the second most common form of dementia.
The potential benefit to patients is the validation or identification of susceptibility genes for VCI. These could lead to mechanistic insights into the causes of VCI and/or the identification of biomarkers that could be used to diagnose or predict VCI.
Host Site: North Bristol NHS Trust
Chief Investigator: Dr Patrick Kehoe
End Date: 30/09/2022