Nicky Yeo,  talks about her PhD project,  which explores whether we can bring the health and wellbeing benefits of nature indoors to residents of care homes using virtual reality technology.


Our innovative use of technology aims to lead the way on how emerging developments can mean global change, from understanding more about how dementia develops, to prevention, better diagnosis, and supporting people with dementia.

Our world-first PROTECT platform has more than 25,000 people aged 50 or over signed up online, to discover what factors influence brain health. It enables high-quality and cost-effective clinical trials in areas including genomics, diet and lifestyle.

Our Complex Disease Epigenomics Group uses cutting-edge technologies to examine changes in gene activity in the brain in dementia. They can isolate specific cell-types from brain tissue to explore patterns of gene function in individual neurons associated with the pathological hallmarks of disease.

We are putting new technologies to novel use, including using imaging to detect plaques in the brain, embedding artificial intelligence technology into the NHS to improve dementia diagnosis, and using virtual reality to bring natural environments into care homes. Meanwhile, our Smartline project is bringing technology into people’s homes to help us live healthier, happier lives

Technology - primary investigators

Professor Clive Ballard                    Professor of Age-Related Diseases Dementia, dementia prevention, antipsychotic medications, non-pharmacological interventions, cognitive health, neuropsychiatric symptoms, dementia care, clinical trials
Dr Anne Corbett Senior Lecturer in Dementia Research

Dementia, dementia reduction, drug discovery, clinical trials, care home research, clinical trial delivery, online research, translational research, patient and public involvement

Professor Lora Fleming Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health Epidemiology, environment, human health
Dr Katie Lunnon Associate Professor in Epigenetics Genomics, epigenetics, gene function, animal models, brain, transcription, bioinformatics
Professor Jonathan Mill Professor of Epigenetics Genomics, epigenetics, gene function, animal models, brain, transcription, bioinformatics
Dr David Llewellyn Senior Research Fellow Epidemiology, artificial intelligence, dementia diagnosis
Professor Andrew Randall

Professor in Applied Neurophysiology

Neurophysiology, electrophysiology, cellular imaging, Alzheimer’s Disease
Professor Nick Stone
Head of Physics and Astronomy Biomedical imaging, biosensing, spectroscopic imaging, diagnostics
Dr Tim Taylor
Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Public Health Economics (E&R) Environmental and public health economics
Dr Mathew White
Senior Lecturer Natural environments, human health, wellbeing 
Professor Paul Winyard Professor of Experimental Medicine Analytical biochemistry, proteomics, oxidative and nitrative stress, inflammation, diagnostics and experimental therapeutic
Professor Frank Vollmer Professor of Biophysics Analytical single-molecule methods, protein misfolding, Dementia, health-care on a chip, optical biosensing, protein analysis
Dr Steffen Scholpp  Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology Wnt signalling, synaptogenesis, gene function, animal models, high- and super resolution microscopy, Alzheimer’s Disease