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In-MINDD publication published in Neurology and reported in popular press

The In-MINDD team from Maastricht University have recently published an article in Neurology. The paper was entitled “Dementia risk in renal dysfunction. A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies.” Many congratulations to the authors, led by Kay Deckers.

The journal’s press release can be found here. You can also see related reports in the popular press here and here.

In-MINDD featured on Flexaging website

The In-MINDD LIBRA profiler and score are featured on the Flexaging website as one of 4 top instruments that can be used to assess dementia risk. For more information see here.

In-MINDD at IPA International Conference

Dr Seb Kohler from the University of Maastricht presented on In-MINDD at the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Congress in Berlin on 15 October 2015 (“Balancing Cure with Care, Advances in Late Life Mental Health”). Dr Kohler presented “Development and validation of a new index for quantifying a brain-healthy lifestyle: The Innovative Midlife Intervention for Dementia Deterrence (In-MINDD) study“. For more information about the event, see here.

50 Dementia Experts Attend In-MINDD Policy Symposium in Dublin

The In-MINDD team hosted the project’s Policy Symposium in Dublin on 1 and 2 October.  Fifty dementia experts from across Europe attended the meeting. Insightful presentations were given by Dr Edo Richard, Jurgen Scheftlein (EU Commission), Prof Alina Solomon and the In-MINDD team. Attendees also participated in round-table discussions over the 2 days, examining how dementia prevention should be translated into policy. The event was a great success, in particular the breakaway sessions generated lively discussion and engagement between different stakeholders. Key themes were captured by rapporteurs from the In-MINDD team and will be analysed and included in the project’s reports and publications.

In-MINDD Newsletter Autumn 2015

The third edition of the In-MINDD project newsletter (Autumn 2015) is now available. The newsletter includes an update on our work in relation to dementia risk factors, the latest from our feasibility study, reflections from the Project Coordinator and much more!

To access the newsletter click here

In-MINDD at IJCNN and BICOD Conferences

Jim O’Donoghue from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, School of Computing, DCU, presented at the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) in Killarney, Ireland on 14 July 2015. The presentation was entitled “A Configurable Deep Network for High-Dimensional Clinical Trial Data” and will be published shortly in the conference proceedings. Jim also presented “A Framework for Selecting Deep Learning Hyper-Parameters” at the 30th British International Conference on Databases (BICOD) on 7 July 2015. The BICOD paper is already published in the Data Science Chapter of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. Click here to view: DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-20424-6_12





In-MINDD partner GU at North American Primary Care Group Annual Meeting

Members of the team from Glasgow University (GU) attended and presented at the North American Primary Care Group Annual Meeting in New York on 21 – 24 November 2014. Dr Susan Browne presented “Innovative Midlife Intervention for Dementia Deterrence (In-MINDD): A Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial” and Prof Kate O’Donnell delivered a workshop on “Using Normalization Process Theory to Understand Why Complex Interventions Are (or Are Not) Implemented”. The event presented a valuable opportunity to spread the In-MINDD message to a broad audience and engage with colleagues in the US and Canada in particular. For more information about the event, click below.


In-MINDD at the 24th Alzheimer Europe Conference

Several In-MINDD team members presented at the 24th Alzheimer Europe Conference in Glasgow from 20-22 October 2014. The Conference focused on “Dignity and autonomy in dementia”. Presentations by In-MINDD partners included the following:

  • Dr Maria Pierce (DCU) presented “Primary Prevention of Dementia: Potential for Alignment with Health Promotion Policy”.
  • Lisa McGarrigle (DCU) poster presentation “Investigating the Construct Validity of a Model of Cognitive Reserve Based on Protective Factors in Dementia”.
  • Dr Susan Browne (GU) presented “Innovative Midlife Intervention for Dementia Deterrence (In-MINDD): a Feasibility Randomised Controlled Trial.”

To read more about the Conference click below.


In-MINDD at the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Conference Beijing

Members of the team from In-MINDD partner UM presented at the IPA Conference in Beijing on 23-25 October 2014. Dr Sebastian Kohler chaired a symposium on “Depression and Dementia—What Are The Underlying Pathways?” and also presented on depression and dementia, exploring evidence from epidemiological studies for the role of vascular factors. Kay Deckers presented a poster entitled “Renal function and dementia risk: a systematic review/meta-analysis“. For more details about the Conference click below


In-MINDD plenary meeting and review in Dublin


The In-MINDD team had a very productive meeting in Dublin on 3 November 2014. The In-MINDD feasibility study (which has recently commenced) was a key focus for discussion. The plenary meeting was followed by a review with the Advisory Board on 4 November. The In-MINDD partners were very appreciative of the valuable input received from the members of the Board who participated in the review (Prof Frances Mair, Prof Wilhelm Hasselbring and Prof Miia Kivipelto).