The PROTECT study is open to volunteers aged 50 and over. It will last at least 25 years.
Dr Anne Corbett describes the PROTECT study, a large, online platform for research to help people live healthier lives in older age.
PROTECT Study: Research to support healthy ageing and reduce dementia risk
What is the PROTECT Study?
The PROTECT Study is an exciting new approach to ageing research. It aims to understand how the brain ages and how we might reduce the risk of dementia and mental health issues in later life.
PROTECT harnesses the power of online technology, collecting data from thousands of people over 40 through a dedicated website. This data allows our researchers to analyse what factors affect how our brain ages, including our genes, lifestyles and medical history.
PROTECT also provides an online platform to conduct research into new treatments to reduce the risk of dementia.
PROTECT is a collaborative project between the University of Exeter and King’s College London.
PROTECT is a 25 year study in people over 40. Participants provide information about themselves and complete online assessments to measure their brain function. By repeating these assessments each year we monitor how they change over time. Participants also provide a sample of their DNA through a simple at-home kit to allow us to conduct cutting-edge genetic studies.
Participants also take part in exciting affiliated studies into brain health and ageing.
Some of the studies already underway through the PROTECT platform include:
• VitaMIND: A clinical trial of Vitamin D supplementation in people at risk of dementia
• COGNIFIT: A clinical trial of a beetroot dietary supplement to investigate its impact on oral microbiome and cognition
• START: A clinical trial of online brain training games in healthy older adults
• Nested data collection studies to explore the role of cognition in key medical issues including autism, Covid-19 and brain injury
• Over 60 collaborative projects that are using PROTECT data to conduct research into healthy ageing and cognition
PROTECT - primary investigators
|Dr Anne Corbett||Chief Investigator||Dementia, dementia reduction, drug discovery, clinical trials, care home research, clinical trial delivery, online research, translational research, patient and public involvement|
|Professor Clive Ballard||Co-investigator and Clinical Lead||Dementia, antipsychotic medications, non-pharmacological interventions, cognitive health, neuropsychiatric symptoms, dementia care, clinical trials|
|Dr Byron Creese||Co-investigator and Genetics Lead||Dementia, neurodegenerative disease, neuropsychiatric symptoms, genomics|
|Helen Brooker||Co-investigator and Cognitive Testing Lead||Dementia, cognitive health, ageing, digital research, cognitive testing|
PROTECT Research Team
|Ellie Pickering||Project Manager|
|Megan Richards||Project Coordinator|
|Kelly Hodge||Project Administrator|
|Abbie Palmer||Data Manager|
|Adam Bloomfield||Lead Developer|
|Ben Wood||Senior Developer|
|Steve Lewis||Senior Developer|
|Tony Fearn||Junior Developer|
|Freya Bateman||Project Administrator|
|Sarah Laidler||VitaMIND Administrator|