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First UK Trial Success

Posted on the 5th January 2016

A team of Clinical Research Nurses are celebrating the successful recruitment of the first UK participant in a study aimed at helping to treat dementia.

The award winning team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has recently begun working on a research study looking at a new medication to treat dementia of an Alzheimer"s type. The study is aimed at people aged 50-85 years old with a diagnosis of Alzheimer"s. The team, who work in partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, were winners of the inaugural Clinical Research Nursing Award at the 2014 Nursing Times Awards for their work around dementia research.

Karen Palmer, Clinical Research Nurse Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"Research plays such an important role in the development of medicine and treatment. We work with universities and other partner organisations to provide access to the latest research opportunities for both staff and service users. We are seeing a rise in people being diagnosed with dementia and it is important that we are able to develop new and advanced treatments to help ease the symptoms of living with this illness."

Dementia is an umbrella term which describes a set of symptoms which can include memory loss and difficulties with problem solving or language. The symptoms are caused by various diseases including Alzheimer"s. There are more than 520,000 people in the UK living with Alzheimer"s disease, which is caused by a build-up of proteins in the brain which leads to a loss of connections to nerve cells.

Dr Salman Karim, Consultant Psychiatrist and the Doctor leading the study at Lancashire Care said:

"Conducting clinical trials in Alzheimer"s disease is always challenging and requires a team effort. It"s important that we carry on doing this vital research as it has been more than ten years since the last medication for Alzheimer"s was licenced. I am very proud of my team and grateful for my patients who choose to participate in such studies."

For more information about how to get involved in research, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/research.