Launch of the world's biggest study of cognitive function

4 May 2014

A third of a million adults in the UK are to be invited to take part in the world's biggest study of cognitive function. The trial aims to predict which factors may increase the risk of developing dementia.

All the participants will be part of UK Biobank, and previously gave DNA samples and lifestyle information. They will be asked to do a series of memory and reasoning tests online.

The chief scientist of UK Biobank is Professor Cathie Sudlow of the University of Edinburgh Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences. Professor Sudlow described the project on radio and TV news bulletins on Friday 2nd May.

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