The EPAD Study: European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia Longitudial Cohort Study. University of Edinburgh.
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.
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The GoDARTS Study: Genetics of Diabetes Audit and Research in Tayside and Scotland. Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh & Western General Hospital.
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.
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