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Does long-term poor sleep contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease?

We caught up with Jana Thomas of Radboud University Medical Centre to find out more about the bidirectional relationship between poor sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.

Examination of the neural basis of psychotic-like experiences in adolescence during processing of em

We caught up with Dr Evan Papanastasiou from King's College London to find out why he chose CANTAB to examine the neural basis of psychotic-like experiences in adolescence during processing of emotional faces.

What are the biological mechanisms behind chemotherapy-associated cognitive impairment?

Despite chemotherapy-associated cognitive impairment (CACI, aka chemobrain) affecting 75% of all cancer survivors, little is understood about the mechanisms underlying the disorder. In efforts to address this research gap, Prof Alexandre Chan from the University of California, Irvine used CANTAB to conduct an evaluation of DNA Methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and Chemotherapy-Associated Cognitive Impairment. Read on to find out the results.  

Modelling associations between neurocognition and functional course in young people with emerging

We caught up with Jacob Crouse from the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre to discuss his research into key factors that underpin mental health disorders in young people, with a view to improving outcomes. 

Why does PSYSCAN use CANTAB?

PSYSCAN is a global project, which aims to develop a neuroimaging-based tool that will help healthcare professionals to address key clinical issues for patients with psychotic disorders. We caught up with study coordinator – Aimée Westerveld – to find out more about the role of CANTAB in the project. 

What is the impact of stress and environment on executive function and motivation for primary school

We caught up with Toby Bartle, Registered Psychologist and PhD Candidate at James Cook University, to find out why he chose CANTAB when looking at the impact of stress and environment on executive function and motivation for primary school children.

What is the impact of hydration status and exercise on cognitive performance?

We caught up with University of Ulster researcher, Kyle Wallace, to find out why he chose CANTAB to investigate the links between cognitive function, hydration status and martial arts. 

Using CANTAB to characterize the development of cognition in a longitudinal neuroimaging cohort

Dr Qiang Luo, Associate Principal Investigator at the Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-inspired Intelligence - Fudan University, shared the role that CANTAB played in his latest publication: Adolescent binge drinking disrupts normal trajectories for brain functional organization and personality maturation.

What are the benefits of having a CANTAB departmental licence?

Senior Psychology Technician at Teesside University, Nicole Beddard, shared her experience of administrating a CANTAB departmental licence. 

Are memory impairments in early and chronic schizophrenia related to the hippocampus

Cassandra Wannan, final year PhD student at the University of Melbourne, shared the role that CANTAB played in her latest publication: Hippocampal subfields and visuospatial associative memory across stages of schizophrenia-spectrum disorder

What is the value of including cognitive assessments in the quantification of vascular dementia

We caught up with researchers from the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester to discuss the role that CANTAB plays in their cutting-edge neuroimaging study. 

Does low-level exposure to lead and manganese affect cognition and behaviour?

The Salud Ambiental Montevideo cohort is characterised by several social-environmental factors, including exposure to metals and cognitive performance. We caught up with Seth Frndak from the University of Buffalo to talk through CANTAB’s role in this epidemiological study.  

Why does the largest twins registry in the UK use CANTAB?

TwinsUK has been using CANTAB for the last 10 years to enable their multi-modal, longitudinal research into typical and pathological ageing. We caught up with the Project Coordinator, Taha Bhatti, to discuss the cohort’s experience of completing the tasks, and transitioning to web-based delivery. 

How CANTAB is helping to fast track dementia research – DPUK’s Great Minds

With more than two million participants, Dementias Platform UK is a national effort to make real strides in tackling dementia. Leona Wolters from the initiative shared with us the vital role that CANTAB plays in this large-scale cohort study.

CANTAB to enhance cognitive assessment in rare neurological diseases

We caught up with psychologist, Lara Draghi, to discuss the value of using CANTAB to assess cognitive function in patients with rare neurological disorders. 

Developing a screening tool of social cognitive abilities in schizophrenia and brain injury

Researchers at the University of Newcastle, Australia are developing a screening tool of social cognitive abilities for individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorder or acquired brain injury. Read on to find out how CANTAB is supporting this effort.

Using economic models to understand decision-making in mental health disorders

We caught up with Professor Marco Bonetti to discover whether economic models could be applied in mental health research to better explain how OCD patients make decisions under risk. 

CANTAB Connect used to advance research into postoperative conditions

We’re delighted to announce that CANTAB Connect – our cognitive research platform validated by use in over 2,100 published papers - is being used by Europe’s largest university clinic, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, for the assessment of long-term cognitive outcomes in clinical studies on patients scheduled for elective surgery.

Could improving cognitive dysfunction in major depression also improve mood?

We caught up with Mohammad Ali Salehinejad to discuss the results of his latest publication entitled: Cognitive control dysfunction in emotion dysregulation and psychopathology of major depression (MD): Evidence from transcranial brain stimulation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC).

What is the role of neighbourhood greenspace in children’s spatial working memory?

Professor Eirini Flouri spoke to us about why they chose CANTAB to investigate children’s spatial working memory in a large, epidemiological study.  

Occupational rehabilitation: improving attention is associated with return to work

Dr Thomas Johansen from the Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Occupational Rehabilitation talked us through why he chose CANTAB to investgate whether improving cognitive function during occupational rehabilitation improves return to work. 

Does neuregulin 1 affect executive function in autism spectrum disorder?

We caught up with Dr Arvin Haghighatfard to discuss why he chose CANTAB to investigate the effects of neuregulin 1 on executive dysfunction in autism spectrum disorder.

Examining the Neural Basis of Psychotic-like Experiences in Adolescence

We caught up with Dr Evangelos Papanastasiou to discuss his latest publication, and the next steps for improving the early diagnosis of psychotic illness.  

Emotion recognition biases in alcohol use disorder

Researcher at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Clara Freeman, shared with us about why she chose the CANTAB Emotion Recognition Task for her latest publication

Why is it important to assess cognition in criminal cases?

Dr Seán Haldane is a Consultant Neuropsychologist and expert witness who provides reports for defence lawyers, the Crown Prosecution Service and the police. We caught up with Dr Haldane to discuss how CANTAB Insight is integral to his work.  

How do acute, subacute and repeated exposures to high altitude affect cognition?

We caught up with University of Calgary Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Dr Matiram Pun and Dr Veronica Guadagni, to discuss the role of CANTAB in their recent research paper on how different exposures to high altitude affect cognitive function.

How easy is it to transition your study onto the CANTAB Connect platform?

We caught up with Shinwon Park at Ewha Womens University to discuss their experiences of updating their longitudinal studies from tablet-only CANTAB Eclipse to the cloud-based CANTAB Connect Research platform. 

Why is it important to measure cognition when assessing cardiovascular risk?

We caught up with Adjunct Professor Suvi Rovio to discuss why CANTAB is integral to the success of her large, longitudinal studies into population-based cardiovascular risk.

CANTAB for cognitive screening in a young adult mental health unit

Mental health researcher at the University of Sydney: Brain and Mind Centre, Ashleigh Tickell, recently submitted her PhD on the feasibility of cognitive screening as standard clinical care in a young adult mental health unit. We caught up with Ashleigh to find out the outcomes of using CANTAB for her project.

Using CANTAB to investigate age-related cognitive changes associated with dementia in Down syndrome

PhD researcher, Rosalyn Hithersay, spoke to us about her recent publication on which cognitive tests are most sensitive to the early stages of dementia in Down syndrome.

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