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Would you like to take part in dementia blood test trials?

Would you like to take part in dementia blood test trials?

The issues with diagnosing dementia

Diagnosing dementia can currently be a difficult process. Just about 2% of patients undergo one of the ‘gold standard’ tests for Alzheimer’s, which include either a specialised PET brain scan or a spinal lumbar puncture. These tests can detect the presence of abnormal proteins in the brain, such as amyloid and tau, which begin to build up as early as 20 years before symptoms appear. However, these tests are costly.

The vast majority of people are diagnosed through a combination of cognitive tests and brain scans, but these can be time-consuming and uncertain in their results. That’s why researchers are focusing on a cheaper, more accurate test for dementia.

Trialing new methods

The good news is that two new trials are underway to see if simple blood tests can accurately diagnose dementia in its early stages. The tests have shown very promising results in a laboratory setting, but now need to be trialled in the community – and you can help!

The blood test trials are being run by University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford, through around 50 memory clinics across the UK. The UCL trial is called ADAPT, and will be assessing a blood test to specifically diagnose Alzheimer’s. The READ-OUT study from the University of Oxford will be looking at range of new and existing blood tests to detect different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.

Want to participate in the trials?

If you are interested in taking part in the Blood Biomarker trials, simply register your interest on the Dementias Platform UK website, or call Alzheimer’s Research UK on 0300 111 5 111. You can sign up if you are cognitively healthy, have some memory issues or already have a dementia diagnosis.

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