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The Tinder of dementia research

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia, and to better understand the disease research is vital.

Finding willing people for trials and research can be difficult for academics and studies show that of terminated dementia clinical trials, three in five ceased due to recruitment difficulties.

It is with this in mind that the University of Sydney has developed an online resource pairing participants and researchers.

Called StepUp for Dementia Research, much like popular dating apps it matches participants based on features that academics need for their studies, such as age, location and diagnosis.

StepUp program director Yun-Hee Jeon, has seen trials fail first-hand.

Jeon believes that the stigma surrounding dementia is hindering recruitment and this hurts those who need help the most.

“In my own experience, I have seen trials delayed by over a year and budgets blown out due to an inability to find the right research participants. StepUp for Dementia Research is set to change this,” she said.

Jeon joins Aged Care Insite to talk more about the resource.

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