Mental Health Research Seminar: Shedding new light on dementia: The emerging relationship with vitamin D
|An Exeter Medical School seminar|
|Date||7 July 2015|
|Time||13:00 to 14:00|
|Place||EMS Building G18|
Speakers: Dr David Llewellyn and Dr Elzbieta Kuzma
Dr David Llewellyn and his team have discovered a strong cross-sectional relationship between low vitamin D concentrations and cognitive impairment in older adults from the Health Survey for England (HSE). They subsequently conducted the first prospective study that established that low vitamin D concentrations increased the risk of substantial cognitive decline in Italian elders from the InCHIANTI study.
The team then confirmed that this translated into a substantially increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and all-cause dementia in US elders from the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). Our latest analyses address the prospective associations between vitamin D status and memory and neuroimaging abnormalities.
This programme of work identifies a new risk factor for dementia and informs future trials attempting to prevent the onset of dementia.
For further information please contact: Wendy Cowell