Published on 25 Apr 2022

Shedding light on ‘Asian dementia’

Studies have found that the condition affects western and Asian populations differently

To better understand how dementia develops in Asians and to advance new strategies that will one day help to predict and delay the progression of the disease, NTU Singapore today launched the Dementia Research Centre (Singapore).

The research centre at the NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) will work with hospitals here to recruit 1,500 patients with mild cognitive impairment – the earliest stage of dementia – to shed light on ‘Asian dementia’ and capture the changes in the brain before dementia sets in.

Aside from this five-year longitudinal study, the research centre will also work with NTU’s computer scientists and mechanical engineers to develop artificial intelligence-powered diagnostic solutions, such as using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to help clinicians accurately predict or assess dementia progression.

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