Experts call for more people to join CPFT trials

Clinicians say they are closing in on dementia breakthrough

Experts call for more people to join CPFT trials
28 April 2015

Researchers at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust are calling on more people to take part in clinical trials into dementia.

CPFT is conducting a range of trials involving more than 200 people from across the area.

But more are needed if clinicians are to continue their work into the causes, prevention and treatment of dementia.

The condition has been given renewed focus following the death of former Peterborough United and Cambridge United manager Chris Turner. He was diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia in 2006.

Dr Annabel Price, consultant psychiatrist at CPFT, said: “I would urge anyone who gets approached by a researcher to take part in clinical trials to really give it some serious thought.

“Through rigorous clinical trials of new medications we hope to make a real difference to the lives of people with dementia.”

Dr Price is conducting a study into issues surrounding Lewy Body dementia, which according to the Alzhemier’s Society, is the third most common form of dementia, affecting 100,000 people in the UK. The results of her studies will be published shortly.

To mark World Mental Health Day last year, Dr Ben Underwood, said that, if successful, trials being undertaken by CPFT and the University of Cambridge could lead to major breakthroughs within five years.

Dr Ben Underwood, who is co-ordinating the trials, said: “There are now nine different clinical trials taking place involving 240 patients and service users from CPFT.

“This is a very exciting time and we are delighted that so many people have agreed to take part. We know that dementia is a massive issue and thanks to the recent investment there has been into this kind of work, we have been able to move research forwards.

“My colleagues and I remain hopeful that these studies will ultimately lead to better care and treatments.”

The studies span a range of areas from looking at the effect of different medicines through to measuring how different activities and games may delay the onset of dementia-related conditions.

The Alzheimer’s Society says that by 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, while Alzheimer’s Research UK states that Alzheimer’s and other dementias affect nearly 7,500 people in Cambridgeshire.

Anyone wishing to express an interest in taking part in any trials should register with Join Dementia Research (JDR). JDR a register of volunteers who are automatically matched up with the available studies. Find out more by clicking here or by calling 0300 111 5 111.

CPFT provides integrated healthcare including community, older people's, mental health, learning disability and social care services.

For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
T 01223 726767 



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