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Dementia Awareness Week 2015

Posted on 15 May 2015 in Clinical Trials / Healthcare / Research

The 17th-23rd May is Dementia Awareness Week; Dementia can happen to anyone and currently there is no cure. The Alzheimer’s Society run Dementia Awareness week to highlight that life doesn’t end when dementia begins and that it is still possible to live well with Dementia.

  • Currently only around 59% of people with dementia in the UK have a formal diagnosis.
  • Dementia is estimated to affect 850,000 people in the UK.
  • The disease costs the UK economy £26 billion per year, more than cancer, heart disease or stroke.
  • Early detection using new technology could reduce diagnostic costs by 40%, saving the NHS £33m over the next 7 years

Cantab tests have been used in research of Dementia since the 1980s with over 170 papers published on the assessment of cognitive function in many forms of Dementia.

Supporting the fight against dementia Cantab is used in:

Research: enabling understanding of mental health and promoting innovation – Cantab has been used in research discovering some of the fundamental knowledge we now have about AD and MCI.
Clinical trials: ensuring new treatments are safe and effective for mental health – we have been involved in some of the leading studies attempting to develop better treatments for AD and MCI.
Healthcare: accurate detection of cognitive impairments at point of care.

Across a number of studies, the Cantab Mobile test shows a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 92% in detecting mild forms of Alzheimer's disease.

Watch Professor Trevor Robbins discuss the detection of Alzheimer’s disease early using sensitive cognitive tests:

This year’s Dementia Awareness Week theme is ‘Do Something New’ we challenge academics, healthcare professionals and principal investigators to ‘do something new’ and start a study using Cantab.