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New dementia research centre opens at the University of Reading

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A new research centre to improve the detection, prevention and treatment of dementia opened at the University of Reading on Wednesday.

The Berkshire Memory and Cognition Research Centre (BMCRC) is a joint initiative between the university and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Studies will include the effects of diet and lifestyle on dementia.

Peter Robinson, 68, a retired maths teacher from Newbury, has dementia.

He said: “It is nice to speak to people who are going through the same thing as you, I have met one or two people today who have been having the same problems as me, and it is very reassuring.

“This centre is great news for people with dementia as we can learn more about the condition and find out how to treat it and deal with it in day-to-day life.”

Mr Robinson’s wife Ruth, 60, is his full-time carer and said the centre’s research could potentially have life-changing outcomes for many people.

She said: “Peter was officially diagnosed in 2009, but I knew that something was wrong about two years earlier. Little things started to change, he would start forgetting things and he just put it down to getting older, but I knew something was wrong.

“Having this facility means that more research can be done into the early signs of dementia, which are often missed. Any research will be helpful with prevention and hopefully one day this disease will be stopped.”

Dr Laurie Butler, head of the university’s School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, and Dr Justin Wilson, medical director of the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHNFT) cut the ribbon to officially open the centre.

Dr Butler said: “Dementia is an incurable disease and ultimately leaves people needing full-time care as brain function wastes away. With the number of those affected by dementia set to triple over the next 30 years it is vital we find new ways of detecting and preventing this devastating disease.

“The aims of this new centre feed directly into the recent call from world leaders for a concerted effort in tackling dementia.

“It will allow us to continue and expand our renowned research in areas such as the positive effects of nutrition on cognition. Recent research from Reading has shown that consuming foodstuffs such as blueberries could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders such as dementia.

“We are proud to have such a close relationship with the Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Our work with the Trust enables us to conduct research that makes a real difference to the lives of people in the region and across the globe.”

The centre will also run clinical trials offering access to possible new treatments, as well as looking into the effect the condition has on families and carers.

Dementia affects 44 million people worldwide, and more than one per cent of the population of Thames Valley have the disease.

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