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Machine Learning Datathon to Combat Dementia Blog

12th April 2019

A branch of artificial intelligence which is based on training computers to learn patterns has the ability to transform our understanding of dementia. David Llewellyn co-leads the first Dementias Platform UK datathon next month. He explains why machine learning could be the beginning of the end for this devastating condition. Dementia isn’t a single disease […]

Machine Learning for Dementia Datathon

26th March 2019

Are you a data scientist interested in dementia? We’re looking for innovators with expertise in machine learning to take part in an exciting datathon on the 1st-3rd of May 2019 at the University  of Exeter. The event will bring together scientists to develop new ways of predicting and diagnosing dementia with real-world clinical data. This […]

Brief Cognitive Test Bias Podcasts

19th March 2019

Dr James Grogan talks with Dr David Llewellyn about his Neurology: Clinical Practice paper on predictors of dementia misclassification when using brief cognitive assessments:     Dr Llewellyn also talked to Amanda Balbi from Neurology Consultant about the paper:   For further information about our paper read our Blog. Link to the full paper: Ranson, […]

Biases in brief cognitive tests revealed

28th November 2018

Quick tests used in primary care settings to identify whether people are likely to have dementia may often be wrong, according to a study published in the November 28, 2018, online issue of Neurology® Clinical Practice, an official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.   The tests, called brief cognitive assessments, evaluate thinking and […]

Landmark Futures 2019 Award

21st November 2018

Our team have received a Landmark Futures Award from the Landmark Trust. Only 20% of applicants were lucky enough to benefit from this prestigious scheme, which provides research groups with protected time to get away from it all in beautiful surroundings. We will be staying at Wortham Manor near Lifton in Devon, a medieval and […]

Turing Fellowship to advance AI use in dementia identification

10th October 2018

Dr David Llewellyn has been awarded the prestigious Turing Fellowship which will aim to accelerate the application of machine learning within the healthcare industry. Dr Llewellyn will use the Fellowship to fund research into the potential of machine learning to promote new treatments and interventions, and the timely identification of dementia. In addition to identifying […]

Stroke doubles dementia risk

31st August 2018

The University of Exeter Medical School led a study which analysed data on stroke and dementia risk from 3.2 million people across the world. The link between stroke and dementia persisted even after taking into account other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Their findings give the strongest evidence to […]

Artificial Intelligence and Dementia: Q&A

20th August 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – human intelligence exhibited by machines – in healthcare is developing rapidly, with many applications currently in use or in development in the UK and worldwide. We speak to Dr David Llewellyn, a Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Exeter Medical School, about the impact of AI on dementia diagnosis. […]

Epic bike ride raises thousands

31st July 2018

Two researchers at the University of Exeter have pedalled a whopping 460 km from London to Paris, raising thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s Society in a gruelling four-day challenge. Drs Mark Tarrant and David Llewellyn have exceeded their £1,550 fundraising target for the Society, raising over £2,000 so far to boost the Society’s ground-breaking dementia […]

Deprivation increases dementia risk

16th May 2018

Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research. Researchers analysed data from over 6,000 adults born between 1902 and 1943 and found that the 20% most deprived adults were 50% more likely to develop dementia than the 20% least deprived […]

Dementia Researcher Podcast: Getting Funding

14th May 2018

In this Podcast, Chris Hardy from University College London chats to panelists Professor Simon Mead, Dr Adeel Razi also from UCL, and Dr David Llewellyn from Exeter University Medical School. Finding funding and grant writing is a much needed skill, and one that will be useful throughout your research career. There will be highs and […]

HCAP study fieldwork complete

2nd May 2018

The Healthy Cognitive Aging Project (HCAP) is a sub-study carried out within the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). The project aims to investigate dementia risk using a harmonised cognitive assessment protocol, as part of an international research collaboration supported by a $2.4 million grant from the US National Institute on Aging (NIA). The study incorporates 1,300 men and […]