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Neurodegenerative Diseases Platform Technology

NeuroD, is a Dementia Road-mapping and Community Building activity which aims to centralise research initiatives across faculties and divisions at the University of Manchester & further afield.

Neurodegenerative Diseases - including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's - are incurable and are characterised by progressive degeneration and/or death of neuron cells. While our colleagues in Health Sciences are coordinated in addressing the clinical causes of ND, technological interventions, development and support have been ad-hoc (at best) in their development, deployment, and evaluation.

The aim of the NeuroD initiative is to centralise research across faculties and divisions through Dementia@Manchester, the University of Manchester’s vehicle for contributing to the UK Dementia Platform. This will involve connecting the many EPS researchers already working on diagnosis, monitoring, intervention and prediction in cases of Dementia and other Neurodegenerative Diseases through this platform. This will reduce the risk of counter productivity across faculties as multiple projects research differing solutions to the same problem.

The plan to facilitate this increased cooperation and clarity comes in three distinct stages:

  • Firstly, the creation of a catalogue collecting all existing research into Neurodegenerative Diseases in order to identify potential synergies and cross-cutting themes and develop a research roadmap allowing departments to correlate their data and research findings into analogous areas. This catalogue will be supported by a PDRA fund and compiled over 4 months. The selection process will involve one-to-one interviews, a literature review, and a number of small workshops. The finalised research roadmap will be published as a white paper.
  • Following the publication of this roadmap, a 2-day off-campus residential workshop will bring together a number of selected researchers involved in Dementia@Manchester platform to identify unmet needs and technical opportunities and begin development on potential solutions to these problems. This format is intended to allow in-depth interaction and foster new research collaborations between representatives of different faculties and specialties.
  • Following this collaborative effort and in order to ensure that this spirit of cooperation persists into the future, a permanent broad community of researchers currently engaged in NDD research will be established. This will take the form of a regular e-newsletter and a web presence that will further promote debate and discourse as well as a number of future community events such as workshops and seminars.

This initiative is a springboard to create a network of technologists, coming together to coalesce existing, but disjoint, work and identify new technological areas which will have a significant and lasting impact on the domain.

Working together we will identify what technologies are currently in development or recently created, along with the types of NDD they are intended to address. We will identify cross-cutting themes between NDDs and cross-pollinate solutions. Finally, we will develop an evolvative route map (in consultation with Health Science and looking for the greatest impacts) of technological interventions particularly in sensing, monitoring, analytics, and prediction.

If you'd like to get involved with the NeuroD initiative, click on the link below to sign up to the mailing list. If you have any further queries, feel free to contact us.

 matthew.thomas@manchester.ac.uk  

  0161 275 6158 

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