10-year-long research project into dementia in rural Indians, 1st such probe in south Asia

A first-of-its kind study is about to begin in Kolar, in the state of Karnataka. The 10-year-research project will enlist 10,000 people for a study on dementia in rural Indians.

The investigation will closely monitor the links between physical wellbeing and dementia. By doing so, it aims to identify the factors that raise and lower the risks of developing dementia.

The study will be led by Dr Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, chairperson of the Centre for Neurosciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. It is the first time such a probe is being done in south Asia.

So far, there has been little research on dementia in the developing countries. These are regions where the focus of public health is largely on infectious diseases.

However, this needs to change as two-thirds of the world’s dementia patients are in developing countries. This is according to Alzheimer’s Disease International, a global research and advocacy group.

Dr Ravindranath's team has already identified one potential biomarker for early detection of Alzheimer’s.

The team now plans to do a study of 600 people from the upper-middle class group in Bengaluru as well.

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