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Project showcase

To help inspire and give you an idea of the type of work our students create, we have selected the following showcase examples.

Gemma Stringer
Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology
Research Associate

Can you detect Alzheimer's from an email?

Gemma was the first author on this study which measured computer use behaviours to detect functional impairment in early dementia.

Gemma introduces the research by stating the importance of computer activity as being a integrate part of daily life now, being used for task as complex as managing finances or shopping for food.

It has already been proven that people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) have different patterns of computer use, such as fewer mouse clicks, and that capturing computer use at home could present an opportunity to assess changes in these daily activities.

 

Ben Allsop
Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology
PhD student

The role of Amylin in Alzheimer's disease

Type II diabetics are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recent evidence suggests amylin, a peptide that aggregates in the pancreas in type II diabetes, is deposited in the brains of AD patients.

Ben is using a mixture of biophysical and biochemistry techniques to see if amylin is deposited in the brains of AD patients, whilst using induced pluripotent stem cell models to investigate the other ways amylin may contribute to AD.

Ben is also investigating the therapeutic potential of flavonoids that can interact with both amylin and amyloid-β (AD) to prevent aggregation and harmful cell responses.

 

Dr Annie Austin
Centre for Social Ethics and Policy
Post Doctoral student

Living well with dementia: Reason, autonomy and Self Identity

This project examines ethical questions about living well with dementia. People living with dementia (especially more advanced dementia) are often assumed to lack the capacity to participate in decision-making about what would be best for them. However, by thinking differently about the concepts of ‘reasoning’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘self-identity’, I will try to show that people living with dementia can be supported to exercise autonomy in accordance with their personal identity. The project will use the theoretical tools of the Capabilities Approach and a Social Model of Dementia to develop a relational, narrative-based account of personhood, self-identity, autonomy and practical reasoning in dementia. The research will contribute to philosophical scholarship around disability and social justice, as well as having practical implications for policy and practice in dementia care.

The project is supported by a two-year research fellowship at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy at the School of Law, University of Manchester.