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Developing a mobile phone app to better understand the causes of Dementia

12 Jan 2018 - 11:30 by michelle.foster

Growing evidence suggests that inflammation in the brain could play an important role in memory loss and dementia. Animal research also suggests that pre-existing drugs developed to reduce inflammation could improve brain function. Manchester University wants to transform this research into better patient care but first a reliable way of studying how inflammation alters brain function over time is needed. University of Manchester

As a first step the University of Manchester wants to develop a way of collecting information on changes in memory capacity over time – taking measurements on a frequent basis, beyond the scope of regular clinic visits. To do this the University of Manchester intends to develop a high quality, robust smart phone app to monitor brain function changes over time using a range of medically approved cognitive tests.

Researchers from The University of Manchester want to make sure that this app is simple and engaging enough for people with mild memory impairments to use on a regular basis, allowing researchers to monitor subtle changes in memory which would otherwise be missed in routine appointments. The University of Manchester wants to recruit a team of 6 public advisors with either experience caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, or who are currently living with mild cognitive impairment to advise them on developing this app. Your role will be to help to ensure that the final output is relevant, simple and engaging enough to be used by a whole range of people – including early stage Dementia patients and those with mild memory impairment.

If you choose to take part in this study you will be asked to join for three workshops, all to be held at the University of Manchester, between February 2018 and July 2018.

If you have any further questions or would like to get involved, contact Dr Sarah Fox, on 0792 041 4289, or email: sarah.fox-3@manchester.

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