Neurobiology of Ageing
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Founded in 2007
720+ Whitehall Volunteer Scans
Funded by MRC, NIHR, ARUK and Parkinson’s UK
Why do some people suffer from depression and memory loss as they age, whereas others stay well for the whole of their lives? We examine the effect of genes and life history on ageing using neuropsychology and neuro-imaging techniques as part of large scale epidemiological and experimental medicine studies.
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If mental health fails in older age, a large number of factors may be responsible: we aim to isolate these using a variety of large and small-scale studies that use all possible methods of enquiry, from clinical interviews and medical examination to neuropsychology and brain imaging.
This outstanding proposal aims to integrate state-of-the-art brain measures .. on the newest generation of clinical use MR scanners .. with data from a very important, well published longitudinal epidemiologic study.Anon. (MRC Referee)
We have teamed up with the Whitehall Study at UCL and the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB) to examine 800 of their volunteers, who have been followed up 2-yearly for the last 25 years (see quote).
Our focus of interest is on the interaction of genetic, environmental, social and psychological factors that confer risk and resilience on people as they age. We are also interested in enhancing brain plasticity and resilience by means of exercise, transcranial stimulation and pharmacology.
Our imaging, cognitive and psychiatric research aims to investigate emerging evidence of the brain architecture that enables individuals to compensate cognitively and emotionally, particularly with advancing age.
The wider Psychiatry and Neuroscience of Ageing theme is comprised of three research groups:
Neurobiology of Ageing, led by Klaus Ebmeier
Translational Neuroscience and Dementia Research, led by Simon Lovestone
Translational Neuroimaging, led by Clare Mackay
Information for volunteers
Apart from bedside teaching, there will be three lectures in 5th year, given by Dr Sophie Behrman "Dementia", by Dr Charlotte Allan "Delirium, functional illness and capacity", and by Prof Klaus Ebmeier "Late-life depression and ECT"
We welcome graduate students from a wide range of disciplines including medicine, neuroscience and psychology. The resources of FMRIB, the Department of Psychiatry and the University of Oxford provide a wide-range of training opportunities.
... but we also meet regularly. We organise continuing professional development in old age psychiatry and allied profession for Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. For the current programme, please go to 'Meetings' at the top of page.
The programme combines multi-modal imaging and cutting edge analysis of brain structure, brain perfusion, white matter integrity and brain function with a rich longitudinal data set, the Whitehall II cohort.
The human brain has a remarkable capacity to learn and adapt. This ability is strongly influenced by many factors, including how active we are - both physically and mentally.
The Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre (OPDC) is a grouping of scientists and clinicians launched in February 2010 following the award of the Monument Trust Discovery Award to Oxford University
Oxford Dementia and Ageing Research is a consortium of clinical and basic scientists who work on various aspects of translational dementia and ageing research
2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the Whitehall II Study. To celebrate the achievements of the past 30 years, a one-day celebration event was held at UCL on Wednesday 25th November 2015. Over 150 people attended including Whitehall researchers, collaborators and a representative group of participants from the Whitehall II cohort. The link leads to the day's talks and presentations
Stress and Health (Whitehall II) Study - twelfth phase of the study starts on Monday 2 February 2015
Thank you very much to all our participants for continuing to take part in the Stress and Health (Whitehall II) Study. We are now in the twelfth phase of the study, which starts on Monday 2 February 2015.
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