Selected region : South East
Date: : 24th Mar 2017

Current Studies:

The INTERVENTION Factory: Does taking up a new activity benefit our thinking skills? Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

Research suggests that as we grow older, we are more likely to experience general changes in our thinking and memory skills. Some individuals experience noticeable mental decline across their 60s and beyond, while others maintain their thinking skills into old age. This variation suggests that a number of factors influence how well people maintain their thinking skills as they get older. Keeping engaged in intellectual, social or physical activities have all been proposed as potentially beneficial. The purpose of this study is to better understand what kind of activities can reduce or delay changes in thinking skills with age.

The researchers will carry out some baseline cognitive and health measures with participants and then randomly allocate them into various activity groups including gardening, dancing or drama, bingo, exercise classes, musical instrument or language classes or woodcraft. Participants will be expected to attend their allocated groups for the duration of the course which is around 10-12 weeks. At the end of the course researchers will then repeat the cognitive and health measures to explore whether participation in a new activity is associated with any change in thinking skills or health differences over time.

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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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