Leeuwarden Medical Center is one of more than thirty partners working together in a new national project to stop Alzheimer’s disease.
MCL will collaborate with general practitioners and the UMCG in Groningen to map the wishes and expectations of people with problems with memory, language and behavior. In the North, it is also being investigated whether a diagnosis can be made at home.
National Dementia Strategy
For example, MCL contributes to the national project Aboard (A personalized medicine approach for Alzheimer’s disease). It is the first study to be launched as part of the National Dementia Strategy of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. That strategy is aimed at the next ten years.
In the Netherlands, nearly 300,000 people have dementia. About 20,000 are added annually. Project leader Wiesje van der Flier of Aboard says a lot of research will focus on prevention and sharing knowledge about brain health. Alzheimer’s develops over a period of twenty to thirty years. “That’s where the key lies. Intervene before the disease manifests itself. ”
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