WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MY REGION?

Selected region : West
Date: : 24th Mar 2017

Current Studies:

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

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 Brain-Stim Study: Investigating the Effect of Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation on Gamma Oscillations and Visual Perception in Patients with Schizophrenia: A Partial-Randomized, Single-Blind, Partial-Crossover Study.

Poor attention span is one of the cognitive symptoms that presents in patients with schizophrenia. This has a huge impact on everday life for people with this condition, as they can find concentrating on tasks very difficult.

This study wants to investigate whether using a brain stimulation technique can improve the ability to focus in patients with schizophrenia. The technique used in this study is called transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) and involves the application of a weak electrial field to the brain. This procedure causes no side effects and is used extensively as an investigational tool in psychology and psychiatry

The researchers conducting this study hope to demonstrate that tACS can help improve attention span and brain activity in schizophrenic patients, and as a result, could potentially offer a novel approach to treatment.

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