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Research and Projects


Theme: Mental Health & Dementia
Status: Complete


According to UK charity the Alzheimer’s Society, some 800,000 people in the UK have dementia. Two-thirds of people with dementia are women and one in three people over the age of 65 will develop the condition. The number of people with dementia will double over the next 40 years.

As well as a significant cost to quality of life, dementia also costs the UK £28 billion a year.

This project is a pilot study to develop and evaluate a new computerised cognitive assessment battery for the detection and monitoring of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) asoociated cognitive impairment.

Project aims

The aim of the NeuroCoRe project is to develop novel methodologies for more sensitive assessment of cognitive domains in neurodegenerative disease.  Specifically, the project will:

  • Aim to evaluate the way in which new technology can be used to enhance and improve our ability to assess and track cognitive impairment seen in AD

  • Aim to develop a battery of computerised cognitive assessments that will be able to detect cognitive change in early AD and to track progression over time

  • Use the platforms above to collect much more sensitive, individualised data than can be collected using traditional neuropshychological measures

  • Test the effectiveness of these new measures in detecting progression of the disease from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to AD

  • Develop measures of; Memory, Language (specifically naming), Visuospatial ability, Praxis and Executive Functioning

The ACEmobile Dementia Assessment App

A team of clinicians from Sydney, Australia and Plymouth, UK, have taken the paper-based Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE-III), one of the most popular and commonly-used screening tools for dementia and translated it into app form for more accurate assessment and wider use within the clinical team.

With one tap of a button the ACEmobile automatically scores and produces automated reports, making it easy for clinicians to obtain the information they need. It will also support the routine collection of data, which will be valuable for individual clinical teams to be able to audit their own dementia assessment practice. The ACEmobile team hope that with a high level of accuracy, convenience and automation, assessments in dementia clinics will be easily carried out by all members of the team.

The ACEmobile app was released on 9th July 2014. To find out more information and to download the app please visit

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Useful links

Others Involved

Dr Rupert Noad, Dr Craig Newman - Academic Clinical Psychologist - PHNT & Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr Stephen Pearson - Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist - Devon Partnership Trust