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One in every three people will develop a form of dementia in their lifetime and, as yet, no cure exists. However, researchers are working tirelessly to improve methods for diagnosing, understanding and treating dementia. During this event, we will hear about research at two ends of the treatment development spectrum, learning more about the biology underlying the disease development as well as how new technologies are helping to look after patients in their own homes.
AI and Technology for Dementia Care
Prof. Payam Barnaghi (Professor of Machine Intelligence at University of Surrey)
Our world is increasingly interconnected and technology allows us to interact with people, objects and devices remotely. New technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are helping us to tackle some of the key challenges that we face. With growing environmental challenges and an ageing population, we need effective solutions to make our living environment more sustainable and develop services to provide better health and care support. I’ll discuss how TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) uses AI and connected in-home sensors to help clinicians monitor people with dementia.
Building a brain in a dish: how can stem cells help us understand dementia?
Dr Selina Wray ( Senior Research Associate at UCL)
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) are caused by the death of brain cells, and in order to understand why these cells die and develop new treatments, we need a model of disease that we can study in the lab. To do this, we take skin cells from patients with genetic forms of dementia and convert them into stem cells. Stem cells are special as they can be programmed to become any cell type, including brain cells. This means we can make personalised disease models of disease to understand the disease and ultimately help us to develop allow new treatments for AD and FTD.