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Dementia Biodesign Workshop

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Location: London

According to Alzheimer’s UK, 850,000 people in the UK and up to 50 million people worldwide have dementia and with an ageing society, these numbers are going to increase. Dementia can have enormous effects, not only to those suffering but also family members and others caring for them, but there are currently no effective therapies available.

However, just as the number of people suffering from neurological diseases is on the rise, many pharmaceutical companies are pulling back from dementia research due to disappointing results.

Neurotechnology offers a new way of treating dementia. New technologies are being developed which could have an enormous impact on the treatment and even prevention of dementia. There is growing evidence that technologies such as deep brain stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation could help treat some of the effects of dementia and brain-computer interfaces are now able to detect the first signs of dementia years before symptoms appear.

The KTN’s Neurotechnology Special Interest Group is holding the fourth in its series of biodesign workshops in collaboration with the UK Dementia Research Institute where we will explore novel neurotechnologies to treat dementia, discuss barriers to adoption and new opportunities in the field. The workshop aims to bring together clinicians, companies, academics, charities and other stakeholders, to accelerate the development of new neurotechnologies for dementia.

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If you would like to attend this event, please express your interest by clicking the 'Register' button and filling in the form.

Please note that the expressing your interest does not guarantee a place at the event. We shall be in touch to inform you of the status of your place.

Draft agenda:

09:30 Registration and coffee

10:00 Welcome and introduction to the SIG - Dr Charlie Winkworth-Smith, Knowledge Transfer Network

10:10 Introduction to UKDRI - Prof Paul Matthews, Imperial College London

10:30 A clinician's perspective

10:50 Lived experience

11:10 Neuroimaging for dementia - Prof Charlotte Stagg, University of Oxford

11:30 Coffee and Networking

12:00 Wearable technology as clinical tool for dementia: from research to practice - Riona McArdle, Newcastle University

12:20 Patient-centred Machine Learning Applications in Dementia Care - Prof Payam Barnaghi, University of Surrey

12:40 Brain-computer interfaces for the early detection of dementia - Dr Brian Murphy, BrainWaveBank

13:00 Lunch and Networking

14:00 Biodesign workshop session

16:00 Coffee and Networking


For any queries please contact:

Charlie Winkworth-Smith, Knowledge Transfer Manager Emerging Technologies

Poonam Phull, Events Manager

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