Dementia research will be supported with the opening of a new laboratory at the University's Edinburgh Campus supported by the Alzheimer's Society.
The new Neurophysiology Laboratory, led by Dr Mario A Parra, will support research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia. Its mission is to advance research towards the identification of biological signatures of neurodegeneration in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease using robust, non-invasive, and low cost technologies such as the EEG.
The vision of the new lab is to become a dementia research hub in the UK and internationally. The lab is also supported by an international collaboration network UK-Latin America Brain Connectivity Research Network and the industry representative NeuroNetrix. A laboratory aims to provide novel solutions that combine evidence about biological changes in the course of dementing illnesses and their links to the earliest symptoms expressed by affected individuals. These novel solutions will meet outstanding needs in the field such as high reliability, wide access, low-cost, and cultural validity.
Dr Parra and his team introduced the new facility to members of the Alzheimer's Society network, supported by senior academics from the University's School of Life Sciences, and were encouraged by the feedback they received.
“This facility will make important contributions not only to current research in dementia but also to the formation of the future generation of researchers“ said Dr Parra. “Members of the Alzheimer's Society network were encouraged by the strength and scope of the new lab and its associated projects and the team was encouraged by their enthusiasm for the initiative.
“Bringing hope to those directly and indirectly affected by dementia and to those fighting these diseases from their respective areas is a primary aim of this lab and the goal form the whole team.”