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Disrupted neural activity patterns to novelty and effort in young adult APOE-e4 carriers performing a subsequent memory task

Introduction The APOE e4 allele has been linked to poorer cognitive aging and enhanced dementia risk. Previous imaging studies have used subsequent memory paradigms to probe hippocampal function in e4 carriers across the age range, and evidence suggests a pattern

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Doing a PhD in the Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre at Sussex –being part of a team and enjoying it!

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A clinical perspective: visiting the Memory Assessment Services (II)

In the past months I had the opportunity to shadow Dr. Klugman during two Memory Assessment sessions at the Hill Rise memory clinic in Newhaven. During my short visits there I had the chance to learn more about the process

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A clinical perspective: visiting the Memory Assessment Services

As a PhD student, the funding for my studentship comes from the Alzheimer’s Society. This is part of an Alzheimer’s Society Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Sussex, which supports the research of eight PhD students from multiple disciplines

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How do genetic risk factors for dementia influence cognition earlier in the lifespan?

We all age, but why do some of us age better than others? This question is especially poignant for the field of cognitive ageing, with the prevalence of dementia rising each year. At the University of Sussex, the Ageing &

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APOE Symposium

On May 10th, Sussex Doctoral School hosted a symposium recognising the role of Apolipoprotein (APOE) in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Carrying an APOE e4 gene is established to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in older adulthood, as well as

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Advances in Hepatitis C research: associated neurocognitive symptoms

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major health burden in England (Public Health England, 2015). HCV treatment is a significant component in control of the disease but the neuropsychiatric side effects of the treatment have been associated with treatment interruption.

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Alzheimer’s Research UK 2016 Conference – II

Day 1 The themes of the 1st day of the main AD conference were Frontotemporal dementia, Neurovascular dysfunction, and Inflammation & Immunity. One of many fascinating presentations on this was given by Jessica Duncombe, a 3rd year PhD student from

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Diary of a Sussex University Junior Research Associate: Research using PARO – a robotic seal – with people with dementia

26/06/2015 My first day. Visited the Dementia unit in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to see PARO for the first time. Really exciting – I was instantly drawn to it’s eye movements and the way it reacted to me when

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International collaboration- members of the Rusted Lab group make friends with Sao Paulo

Two members of the Rusted lab group, Simon Evans and Claire Lancaster, visited Brazil for a week this April. Sounds like a holiday, but this trip was part of a specially formed scheme to encourage international research collaborations, funded by

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