Jamie Milne is a strength and conditioning coach in Australia. In the late 1990s Jamie’s Grandmother Mary passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease, and so in 2009 Jamie started the ultra-endurance charitable awareness campaign ‘Many Miles for Mary’ (MMFM), to raise awareness of dementia and funds for Alzheimer’s research.
A new study led by Professor Anna Williams (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine) and published in Science Translational Medicine has uncovered a potential approach to treat one of the most common causes of dementia and stroke in older people – small vessel disease (SVD).
A dementia ward at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital has been given a makeover as part of a project funded by a University of Edinburgh Innovation Initiative Grant that explores how colour can improve the daily experience of patients, visitors and staff. This collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art and ArtLink, staff at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and patients' relatives has helped to create a calmer environment according to hospital staff.
A new study led by Dr Stuart Ritchie (School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences) has shown that an extra year of schooling can noticeably increase a person’s IQ. This study provides the strongest evidence yet that education raises intelligence test scores as the researchers found that an extra year of schooling leads to a small but noticeable rise in intelligence scores.
Professor Joanna Wardlaw (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) is leading a new research trial funded by the British Heart Foundation focusing on whether existing drugs could be used to prevent cognitive decline and dementia after stroke.
A newly developed model of cooling’s impact on the scalp has shown that the process – routinely used to limit head injury – can prompt a beneficial drop in temperature deep in the brain.
Our Art-Neuroscience monthly group, FUSION, contributed to the Creative Reactions exhibition at the Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art, on Saturday as part of the Pint of Science events.
Huge congratulations to Professor Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Professor Colin Smith, Dr Emily Sena and Dr Grant Mair (all Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) who each received an award at the Stroke Association Annual Awards Ceremony on the 2nd of May!
Professor Joanna Wardlaw (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences) and Dr David Dickie (Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow) have developed and published a new approach for quantifying brain injury from cerebral small vessel disease and brain atrophy into a single measure - the ‘brain health index’.