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16:00 - 17:00 28 October 2015
Exploring Individual Differences in Dementia and Cognitive Abilities in Down Syndrome
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom
Speaker: Carla Startin, UCL Division of Psychiatry.
People with Down syndrome show an increased risk of developing dementia at a younger age compared to the general population. However, there are large individual differences in terms of the age at which people start showing signs of dementia; some people are diagnosed with dementia in their late 30s while others show no signs of dementia in their 60s. Further, people with Down syndrome show large variation in terms of their pre-dementia cognitive abilities. The LonDownS consortium is exploring these individual differences and neural, genetic, cellular and demographic factors influencing these differences. I will present some of our early results demonstrating the large variation in dementia status and learning disability severity we have found, and some of the factors influencing these.
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