Coordinated approach to integrate neurodegenerative diseases data from all real world clinical and research sources across Scotland
Dr Amir Dehservi
Amir is a researcher developing automatic methods for detecting (brain imaging, speech, etc.) biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, by considering the novel application of Evolutionary Algorithms.
In his position as a Research Fellow at teh University of Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre, Amir is working with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists who are focused upon unravelling the mechanisms of chronic fatigue, a salient issue across the chronic disease spectrum. Specifically, he is looking into the analysis and understanding of a multi-modal MRI/fMRI brain study, using machine learning techniques (including Evolutionary Algorithms), in order to characterise the mediators of fatigue in patients with rheumatoid arthritis among other diseases.
Dr Norman Alm
Norman is an Honorary Research Fellow in Computing at Dundee University. His most recent research areas are computer-based communication support for people with dementia and their carers and computer-based games usable by people with dementia.
Norman was part of a multidisciplinary group that developed CIRCA, a system for supported reminiscence conversations for people with dementia. The same group also developed the Living in the Moment (LIM) games, which were playable without the need for working memory. CIRCA and LIM were taken to the market through a spin-out company.
The BBC RemArc (Reminiscence Archive) system was inspired by CIRCA.
Currently Norman is advising on a project to explore the use of ambient everyday sounds to stimulate reminiscence conversations in people with dementia.
Archie joined Generation Scotland as Data Analyst / Programmer in 2007, after 15 years in commercial software development. He subsequently became Data Manager, then overall Project Manager. Archie is now Generation Scotland Chief Technology Officer
Research to discover or improve methods to allow neurodegenerative diseases to be detected earlier and more accurately.
The foundation for the development of
effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases
Focussing on the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases and their progression to develop symptoms as observed in dementia