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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

The SENSE-Cog Trial recruits its first participant

8 May 2018

SENSE-Cog (Promoting health for eyes, ears and mind) is a five year programme, led by The University of Manchester which looks at links between anxiety and depression and hearing and vision problems.

SENSE-Cog is a five year programme, led by The University of Manchester which started in January 2016 and runs until December 2020. Led by Professor Iracema Leroi as Chief Investigator and Dr Piers Dawes as Co-investigator, the programme looks at links between anxiety and depression and hearing and vision problems.

SENSE-Cog have identified the need to improve cognitive assessments for those with hearing and vision problems and have begun to develop an on-line screening tool for people to self-manage their sensory and cognitive health.

The SENSE-Cog team have also developed the role of the ‘sensory support therapist’ (a new type of professional), training materials and treatment manual for this role.

A ‘prototype’ therapist and senior therapist joined the team to take this work forward in preparation for a full-scale, multi-centred randomised controlled trial (RCT).

On 30 April 2018, the Manchester site recruited the first participant to ‘The SENSE-Cog Trial: a 36-week randomised, controlled, parallel-group, observer-blind, multicentre superiority trial comparing individualised Sensory Intervention to standard care to improve quality of life in people with dementia and their companions’.

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The team are thrilled to have entered the recruitment phase. For more information about the programme visit the SENSE-Cog website

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