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If you've ever suffered depression and it only started when you were 55 or older, the Royal Free Hospital would like to hear from you.

imageThe Royal Free is carrying out a study designed to improve the understanding of the causes of late-onset depression.  Volunteers are needed to help researchers investigate neural pathways in the brains of older people with depression, with the aim of developing more effective treatments.

If you would like to take part you will be asked to attend the hospital for a day. The study day will involve some questionnaires and you will be asked about your medical history, family history, physical health and emotional wellbeing. There will be a physical and neurological examination and you will also be asked to have two brain scans; a DaT SPECT scan, which looks at the neural pathways of dopamine in the brain, and an MRI.

If you are interested in taking part or would like to find out more please contact Hiba Kazmi on 07984 499967 or email .

By contacting us to discuss the study you are in no way committing yourself to participate and can hear about what the research involves and whether it is something you would like to be involved with.

Lunch and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Image: DaT SPECT scan showing neural pathways of dopamine in the brain

 

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