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Meet the brain

In this video Sophie takes us on a tour of the brain, describing its basic structure, key brain regions, and how healthy brain cells communicate with each other. For more …

Brain Health Services

In this video, Craig describes how now is the appropriate time to translate these findings from a research setting into universally available clinical services. Services that put a priority focus …

Capturing cognition

We’ve discussed already how the use of biomarkers, for example using neuroimaging and analysis of cerebrospinal fluid, can help us pick up on disease processes before obvious cognitive symptoms may …

Going in early: Researching prevention

Craig introduces us to some large research programmes which follow people over time in a great level of detail to help improve our understanding of the earliest brain changes related …

Prioritising brain health throughout life

At the very start of this course we set ourselves one question to keep in mind throughout our various activities and discussions. We’ve thought a lot here about the biology …

Weighing up Risk of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Assessing risk for disease is often a complicated balance of weighing up an individual’s genetics and other health-related exposures that accumulate throughout life. Different risk factors can also commonly be …

Glossary

A handy list of definitions for key terms used throughout this course A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R …

Preparing for Disease Modifying Therapies

We’ve discussed already the huge amount of energy and resource being invested in the search for disease modifying treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. When these therapies do become available over the …

The big question

On our journey through this course we’ll consider many areas of research, clinical practice and day to day life. All of these topics have important implications for how we detect, …

Case Study on Diagnosing Dementia

Before we start to discuss building brain-health focussed clinical services, let’s remind ourselves of the current context by taking a quick look at a typical example of steps to receiving …

How Do Clinical Trials Work?

To test potential new treatments we need clinical trials – often called ‘drug trials’. These are controlled tests, strictly carried out to try as much as possible to ensure any …

What are biomarkers?

Biomarkers are measurable signals that help provide a read on the state of health or disease in the body. If we know a particular biomarker reflects a particular condition then …