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Would you spend your 70th birthday in a brain scanner?

Today we announced that a subset of participants of the UK’s longest-running cohort student, the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, are taking part in a new study about the onset of dementia. Here Laura Phipps, from co-funder of the study Alzheimer’s Research UK, explains how such well-studied people could be key to finding out why people develop dementia. 

Prof Nick Fox and Dr Jon Schott

Prof Nick Fox (left) and Dr Jon Schott (right) at the Dementia Research Centre at UCL will lead the neuroscience sub-study with Prof Marcus Richards of the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing (Image copyright: Alzheimer’s Research UK)

OK, so they won’t necessarily need to be in the scanner on their birthday (perhaps too much to ask!) but the group were all born in the same week in March 1946. And now they’re approaching the big 7-0, they’re giving back a unique gift to research by agreeing to take part in a brain imaging study to reveal important insights into dementia.

The volunteers, all members the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, have been contributing to research since they were born. This incredible group of people have had regular assessments as birthdays have come and gone, to help researchers at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL understand more about the impact of life on health. You can learn more about the National Survey of Health and Development by watching this video. Read more