The Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme has launched its 2014 call for proposals. The mission of AAL is to enhance the quality of life of elderly people and strengthen the industrial base in Europe through the use of ICT. The AAL Joint Programme supports R&D projects in this domain. Research institutions, companies and end-user organizations are eligible for funding. The deadline for proposals is 26 June 2014. More information here.
The Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Novartis Ireland invite applications for their fellowship grant in clinical neuroscience. This enables neuroscientists who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen field to conduct a significant research project. The grant is open to all areas of clinical neurosciences and is not disease specific. To download an application form please click on the link to follow IICN / Novartis Fellowship Grant 2014.
Dementia does not discriminate based on country of origin, but services to improve the lives of people with the condition can unintentionally do so. While more people than ever in the UK are receiving a diagnosis and getting the right information to help them to cope, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities are underrepresented in dementia services and are routinely missing out. The UK's Alzheimer's Society is developing tailored programmes to support families from different cultures.
Work, and the toll it takes on us as we age, is the focus of a group of UConn Health researchers wrapping up a study of the aeging workforce. The Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) at UConn Health, led by Dr. Martin Cherniack, professor of medicine, is pulling data from a prospective—meaning it follows a group of people over time—study of more than 1,000 employees working in manufacturing jobs in Connecticut. Read more here.
Men and women in the UK are living longer than ever before. Records are broken every time new statistics come out. Life expectancy for men in the UK in 2012 was 79.5 years and for women 82.5 years. However, longevity is not always accompanied by good health. Read more here.
Researchers publishing in the journal Nature Chemical Biology have described a new class of compounds, called "pharmacologic chaperones," which could aid in a completely new approach to how Alzheimer's disease is treated.The researchers from Columbia University Medical Centre found that a so-called retromer protein complex plays an important part in neurons by steering away amyloid precursor protein (APP) from a part of the cell where it is split, creating amyloid-beta - a potentially toxic byproduct regarded as a hallmark of Alzheimer's.
The organisers of the Australian Association of Gerontology national conference have announced the call for abstracts for this year’s event.
The AAG conference attracts professionals from a range of fields with an interest in ageing. The theme of this year’s event is ’50 Not Out – aiming for a century’, in recognition of the AAG’s 50th anniversary this year.
Older women, individuals who have initiative and those who have suffered a recent loss are more likely to be compassionate to strangers, according to new research from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Read more here.
A new report (Monday 14 April 2014) funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) finds that many older people enjoy good social connections. However, a substantial number are at risk of social exclusion.
From 17 April at the Tate Modern in London will host a spectacular exhibition of the works of artist Henri Matisse. The exhibition will feature a collection of cut-out artworks in a kaleidoscope of colours including some of the artist's most well known works the Blue Nude and Icarus. Nicola Donnelly, CARDI Communications Officer, looks at the great artist's late life burst of creativity: