Seventeen of Australia’s new and early career researchers will share in just over $1 million to conduct ground-breaking dementia research, as the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation’s 2016 grant recipients are announced.
This year, in recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day, the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation, with the support of Alzheimer’s Australia and KinCare, organised a dementia research panel discussion titled Quality dementia care – what do we value?
So much of our communication is non-verbal, facial expressions, hand gestures, tone of voice – but what happens when a person is no longer able to assess the meaning of these non-verbal communications because of dementia or another cognitive impairment and what impact does that have on relationships and quality of life?
Twenty of Australia’s best and brightest young scientists will share in $875,000 to conduct ground-breaking dementia research, as the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation’s 2015 grant recipients are announced.
Analysis of American medical records has shown that a treatment taken daily by people who have had organ transplants to prevent organ rejection may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
This result was published in the recent edition of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease from researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch, USA. The research team analysed data from the medical records of 2,644 people who received organ transplants and as a result took daily ‘calcineurin inhibitor-based medications.’
New preliminary research has shown that those with ‘Type O’ blood have larger ‘grey-matter’ volumes in the cerebellum, a region of the brain important in assisting with motor skills and cognitive function.
Grey matter is largely composed of brain cells including neurons and is important for processing information around the brain. It is suggested that larger grey matter is associated with better brain function and may be a protective factor against Alzheimer’s disease but this claim is yet to be confirmed.