Selected region : east
Date: : 26th Jun 2019

Current Studies:

The Scottish Epilepsy Study

Location: Tayside and Fife

Research doctors are conducting a study in people with epilepsy. The reason they are doing this is because some people with epilepsy have accidents and complications of their condition. The research doctors want to see if by changing the way that services are delivered to people with epilepsy, or the way their condition is treated, it may be possible to help people with epilepsy and also raise national awareness of the importance of epilepsy in Scotland. Your experiences are extremely valuable to them.

This study is an observational study that does not involve any trips to the hospital or taking any treatments. 

If you would like to find out more about this study please call 01382 383431/383235 or email studies@registerforshare.org.

The EPAD Study: European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia Longitudial Cohort Study

Location: Tayside (Ninewells Hospital, Dundee)

Changes in the brain may precede symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia by many years, if not decades. Such changes suggest that a very early Alzheimer's disease process has started well before people start developing the typical symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia like memory loss. If this is the case, then it may be possible to identify Alzheimer's disease at a very early stage, and prevent or delay the disease from developing into dementia.

The EPAD project is a large international study that is looking to understand the different factors involved in developing Alzheimer's dementia, and also help develop new treatments that are hoped to prevent the disease. This is an observational study that will take place over three years with willing participants who have an interest in being involved in a study about Alzheimer's disease.

To read more about this study then please click here.

The GoDARTS Study: Genetics of Diabetes Audit and Research in Tayside and Scotland 

Location: Fife (Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy or Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermilne)

This study wants to understand the role our genes, and other biological markers, play in developing and managing diabetes. By conducting this research it will hopefully provide some answers to some of the following questions surrounding the disease; why do some people develop the disease and others don't; why does medication work for some groups of patients with diabetes and not for others and why do some people develop the complications associated with diabetes and others don't.

The other aim of this study is to look at Metformin, which is one of the most commonly used drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. It can also be used in the treatment of type 1 diabetes in conjunction with insulin therapy. Metformin has been on the market for over 60 years yet its mechanism of action is not fully understood. Some patients respond well to the treatment and encounter very little problems, whilst others find it does not work for them and causes many side-effects.

If you would like to find out more about this study then please click here.

The Generation Program

Location: Tayside (Ninewells Hospital, Dundee)

The Generation program is a two-part study which aims to recruit individuals aged 60-75 who are at an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease development but do not yet present with any of the symptoms. This study will involve identifying these individuals and investigating two new drugs for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease over a period of 5-8 years. 

This study is looking for participants who may be eligible by testing for the presence of a particular gene to determine whether you may belong to a group of people who are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. 

For more information on this study, click here to visit the study website.

If you are interested in taking part in any of these studies then please have a look at the studies section of our website.

If you wish to hear more about or participate in projects such as those mentioned above please register for SHARE today.

For more information contact us at SHARE@dundee.ac.uk