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Holiday greetings from the Lifebrain team

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What is Lifebrain really about?

Our goal is to identify factors and circumstances at different stages of life that may maintain, improve or impair brain health. We view the distinction between being “healthy” or “ill” along an axis where the transition is a gray zone. It is a matter of degree how healthy or sick you are. “Better brain health” means improved cognitive function in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, and delayed onset of dementia. Better brain health also means reduced need for health care and improved working ability.

The brain is continuously changing throughout life and while there are some common denominators of lifespan changes, individual differences are significant. We think that these differences are important and fascinating to study.

Half-way milestone and lauch of Global Brain Health Survey

This summer marked a milestone, as we are halfway into the project. We also launched the Global Brain Health Survey, which aims at gaining insight into how people view brain health in general and what they personally are willing to do for maintaining or improving their brain health. So far we have more than 5000 answers from many different countries, and the goal is to get at least 10 000! The survey is based on a questionnaire available in 12 European languages, and we recently launched it in Chinese. In 2020 the Turkish and Hebrew translations will be launched.
 

Papers published

In 2019 we published two articles with Lifebrain data:
•    Barbara B. Friedman et al. (nov. 2019) Are People Ready for Personalized Brain Health? Perspectives of Research Participants in the Lifebrain Consortium. The Gerontologist, gnz155. This is an interview study of previous participants in Lifebrain studies on their perceptions about brain health. We report that scientific study participants think little about their own brain health and are unsure how to maintain it, but they want more information.  
•    Anders Fjell et al. (nov. 2019) Self-reported sleep relates to hippocampal atrophy across the adult lifespan – results from the Lifebrain consortium. Sleep, zsz280. This is an MRI study on the effect of sleep on hippocampal volume, and found that poor sleep is associated with higher rates of hippocampal volume decline across the adult lifespan. 

We expect many more results and publications in the next 2 years!

Project meetings

This year we have had two project meetings, one in Cambridge in March, and one in Berlin in November, where were discussed the scientific progress of the project. The Berlin meeting also included a public conference, with more than 140 participants. 
Next year we will enter an intensive period of analyzing our data and writing scientific publications. We will meet in Oslo as well as Amsterdam for scientific workshops and meetings. 

 

Time to celebrate!

As we are now going into the holidays, we would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration! Luckily, traditional meals for Christmas and New Year’s Eve are fully compatible with taking care of the brain - just eat and drink with moderation. Research has also shown that being sociable with family and friends is positive for your mental well being, and can reduce risk of dementia. Spending time with those we love is therefore good for our brain health!

In the last year several of our E-newsletters have covered the ways in which we can take care of our brain. They can be found on the Lifebrain website and Facebook page. Thank you for following our newsletter.

Enjoy your holiday along with your healthy brain!
Best regards from the Lifebrain team.

Twitter account launched

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CONTACT US

Your comments are always valuable to us, so do not hesitate to contact us.

Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition at the University of Oslo
Kristine B. Walhovd project coordinator
Mari R. Arnesen administrative coordinator
e-mail: info@lifebrain.uio.no
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This project has received funding from the European Union ’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 732592.
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