The brain health assessment is part of the Brain Health Centre.
Patients who are referred to the Brain Health Centre have a detailed brain scan and memory assessment and hear about a number of opportunities to join in with research.
Instead of going to the John Radcliffe or Churchill Hospitals to have a CT scan, patients attend the NIHR Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility (CRF) where they have a high-quality MRI scan and a memory assessment. Patients then attend their memory clinic appointment where they receive the results of their brain health assessment.
We are empowering dementia diagnosis and care for all.”Dr Lola Martos, Head of Older Adult Services, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Everyone who attends the BHC brain health assessment for medical tests is also given the opportunity to take part in research. This research will help improve the diagnosis and treatments available for people with memory problems.
The brain health assessment is a pilot as part of a longer-term project to improve memory services. This pilot phase is jointly led by Professor Clare Mackay (BRC Theme Lead) and Dr Lola Martos (Clinical Lead) and includes patients from the South Oxfordshire clinic. The objective is to provide better quality data to ‘empower’ the diagnosis and to create the translational interface for evaluating new imaging/cognitive biomarkers.