Hidden Hearing & Alzheimer’s Research UK. Together we can help defeat dementia
One out of every three people born in 2017 will develop dementia unless we can find a cure. Dementia is our greatest medical challenge, with 850,000 people in the UK living with the condition, 40,000 of whom are under the age of 65.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. The largest funder of dementia research in Europe, conducting world-class pioneering research to find better diagnoses, preventions and treatments for dementia.
They have established the UK’s only network of dementia research scientists, supporting over 1,200 researchers throughout the UK to make some of the most important dementia breakthroughs of the past 20 years.
Dr John-Paul Taylor’s project – Supported by Hidden Hearing
The University of Newcastle
This is a 12-month ground-breaking project to improve understanding of the changes in connectivity in the brain, helping to explain the complex symptoms of Dementia with Lewy Bodies - including hallucinations and difficulties in processing auditory input.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) is a common cause of dementia, but remains poorly understood compared to conditions like Alzheimer’s disease (AD). People with DLB have very different symptoms to those with other dementias, including disturbing auditory and visual hallucinations. These symptoms are a major cause of distress to patients and their caregivers.
Furthermore, language expression and comprehension (i.e. high level processing of auditory input) is frequently disrupted in DLB. Part of this may be driven by the modular dissociation that we hypothesise occurs between language processing areas, executive/attention areas.
The brain works as one big machine made up of individual areas of speciality, allowing us to carry out everyday activities. All of the different brain areas work together to allow us to make sense of the world around us. The areas are connected so that information from all senses can be coordinated, understood and acted upon as appropriate.