New ERC starting grant to identify age-related human blood factors as a therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease

The European Research Council has awarded an Early Career Research (ERC) starting grant to the neurologist Marc Suárez-Calvet, MD, PhD, who will use data from the EPAD Longitudinal Cohort Study for his new project entitled “Identification of age-related Human Blood factors as a therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease” (acronym: HeBe). The overall aim of the…

EPAD members report on important advances and progress

The past years were very productive and efficient for the EPAD project. In this piece, we wanted to reflect back on some of the important advances and major achievements made by each Work Package (WP). WP1 (Scientific challenges) Creation of 5 Scientific Advisory Groups (SAGs) – Clinical and Cognitive Outcomes, Fluid Biomarkers, Genetics, Imaging and…

Interview with John Harrison

Could you tell us a bit about you? I am an expert psychologist with a special interest in cognition and its measurement. I have recently been appointed Chief Science Officer at Neurotrack and am Principal Consultant at Metis Cognition, a psychology practice established to advise with the selection and successful integration of cognitive testing into…

Craig Ritchie wins 2020 William Farr Medal

We are pleased to inform you that the 2020 William Farr Medal of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries was awarded to our Project Co-coordinator Craig Ritchie in recognition of the substantial impact made at a global level on the wellbeing of older people through leadership of dementia prevention research and service innovation, merging expertise in…

Lucy Stirland wins 2020 Porto Research Award

Lucy Stirland has been awarded the 2020 Porto Research Award from the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees (EFPT) for her paper using EPAD V500.0 data, published last year in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The aims of this award are to encourage psychiatric trainees to conduct research and contribute to the engagement of psychiatry trainees…

Interview with Luigi Lorenzini

Could you tell us a bit about you and your work? After studying Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology in Rome I started my PhD in Amsterdam as part of the EPAD project. My work within EPAD consists in analysing neuroimaging outcomes to first create a shared and publicly available dataset for internal and external researchers and…

Interview with Rodrigo Barnes

Tell us a bit about the institution/company/organisations you work for. For the last twelve years, I’ve been working at Aridhia (https://aridhia.com), an SME based in Edinburgh and Glasgow specialising in informatics for biomedical research. After working for some years with specialist clinicians in hospitals and clinics with specialised medical data, we found our current focus…