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Find out more about dementia

Information on Dementia from the NHS

The NHS website includes helpful information about dementia, the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

For more information go to the Dementia - NHS Choices website.

Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network

The Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network (SDCRN) promotes clinical research in dementia across Scotland and improves recruitment of volunteers for research from urban and rural areas.

If you want to volunteer or learn more about their work go to the Scottish Dementia Clinical Research Network website.

Tissue Donation for Medical Research

Why should I consider tissue donation?

Much of what we know about the brain, how it works, and the treatments available to people with dementia, comes from research carried out using donated brain tissue. Both healthy and diseased tissue is valuable. Many people with dementia and their families are keen to help improve the understanding of dementia and help scientists find a treatment which will help future generations.

Why should I think about this now?

It can be difficult to look to the future where things may seem uncertain. However, it can be important to plan now when you are able to make your own decisions about what you want to happen in the future. Your record your wishes clearly at this point by using an advance statement or preparing a will, for example.

How would I make a donation, if I decide to do so?

If you are interested in donating tissue for medical research you should discuss your wishes with your family and others close to you. It is important that those close to you are aware of your intentions as soon as possible if you are choosing to make a gift of donation. Do find out and learn as much as you can about the gift before reaching a decision.

For more information on tissue donation you should contact the Aberdeen University Dementia Brain Bank at Foresterhill, Aberdeen on 01224 553704 or email ishbel.gall@nhs.net.

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