Researchers carrying out pioneering investigations into the link between nutrition and Alzheimer’s want volunteers to take part in a study on the disease.
The appeal was made by researchers at the new Nutrition Research Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology.
The study is examining the effect of a nutritional supplement on the condition and aims to recruit 120 volunteers — 60 individuals with a mild cognitive impairment, and 60 more with no cognitive impairment.
Prof John Nolan, who is leading the research, said: “Alzheimer’s disease represents one of the most challenging conditions for society, particularly (as) we now live in an ageing population. Research into preventative and treatment strategies for Alzheimer’s disease is essential,” he said.
“Our research at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) is focused on ways to try and combat Alzheimer’s disease.
The aim of this study is to investigate if supplementation with the macular carotenoids (nutrients), vitamin E, and fish oil in individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) improves cognitive function.
Anyone over 65 years of age and who is currently not taking any eye-related or fish oil supplements can volunteer by calling 051-845505.
WIT’s School of Health Sciences recently launched the Nutrition Research Centre at WIT’s Carriganore campus to examine the importance of nutrition to a wide range of health issues including eyesight, cancer treatment, brain function, mental health, substance misuse, and sports performance.
NRCI has 26 members and a projected research budget of €15m over four years.
The centre of excellence is conducting research which is expected to have a national and international impact.
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