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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

New £5m scanner for dementia research in Manchester

12 November 2015

The University of Manchester has been awarded £5.3m to buy and install a state-of-the-art scanner to study the causes of dementia.

Funded by the Medical Research Council as part of the Dementias Platform UK, a multi-million pound public-private partnership to accelerate progress in dementia research the SIGNA PET/MR. The new  scanner will enable researchers to study the molecular processes in the brain that are believed to be responsible for dementia. The scanner, one of only seven in the country, will be installed at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is expected to be operational from July 2016. Scientists and clinicians will use the scanner to understand the causes and progression of dementia and to test new treatments.

Professor Nigel Hooper, Director of Dementia Research at the University of Manchester said, “Dementia is a condition that is poorly understood and difficult to treat effectively.  This scanner and the wider network will give us that ability to understand dementia better and to develop more treatments.”

Professor Alan Jackson will supervise the Manchester scanner in his role as Director of the University’s Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre. “With the growing urgency of developing treatments for dementia, this new equipment is vital in addressing a major growing health concern”, said Professor Jackson. The Centre also hosts two PET (positron emission tomography) scanners and one MR (magnetic resonance) scanner providing a range of scanning facilities supporting high quality research across a range of conditions.

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