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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Research news and commentary #7 for 2015

Lines of Enquiry, Edition 10: August 2015
Centre for Applied Research in Disability newsletter

New study into ageing society with intellectual disabilities
University of New England, 28th August 2015
People with disabilities are living longer than before and increasingly reaching an age where they may start needing aged care as well as disability care. This creates a conundrum as current services available in Australia tend to cater for people with disabilities or our ageing population, but not both.

Researchers at the University of New England, in partnership with support agencies such as the Endeavour Foundation, The Ascent Group, Ability Options, and Uniting Care Ageing are researching how to better meet the needs of people who are ageing, both with disabilities and without disabilities ...

Could Down Syndrome Hold the Key to an Alzheimer's Cure?
NewsMax Health, 18th September 2015
... In a new study, published in the September issue of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, University of California-San Diego scientists confirmed that people with Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome have higher levels of the protein beta amyloid in their brains, which causes cognitive disabilities.

By studying how soon protein plaques develop, where in the brain they are located, and the effects of the plaques on cognition in people with Down syndrome, scientists could gain a better understanding of Alzheimer’s that could pave the way for new therapeutic treatments, the UCSD researchers said ...

Rafii, Michael, et al, The Down syndrome biomarker initiative (DSBI) pilot: proof of concept for deep phenotyping of Alzheimer’s disease biomarkers in down syndrome, Front. Behav. Neurosci., 14 September 2015
Defeat Dementia in Down's Syndrome
Down's Syndrome Association (UK), blog
On Sunday 26 July (2015), a team of researchers from Cambridge University came to the Langdon Down Centre to talk about their research – Defeat Dementia in Down’s Syndrome.
They have a number of really exciting studies taking place that they wanted to share. Sally, Maddie, Liam, Francesco, Alexandra and Tony were available to talk to our visitors about the different studies, and they had posters and demonstrations of their work ...

Research into individualised support
The University of Sydney together with Curtin and Deakin universities are evaluating the quality and outcomes of people with intellectual disabilities who live in their own home with individualised support. If you are interested in participation, contact Friederike Gadow on 02 9036 3611 or by email
Click here
to find out more. Click here for the easy read version.

Research into people with intellectual disability and their experiences of victimisation.
Ryan Thorneycroft,  a PhD candidate at the University of Western Sydney is conducting research into people with intellectual disability and their experiences of victimisation. To find out more click here, or email

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