Giving to Loughborough
Health and wellbeing
Loughborough University is engaging with the health and wellbeing challenge as an issue of high importance for the whole of the nation.
Looking after mental and physical health is a factor that features in the life of everyone, and as such we want the cutting edge research taking place on campus to have a real impact on the lives of every individual.
Being the host for the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine East Midlands (NCSEM) puts us in a prime position to develop our existing first class research, to utilise the state of the art facilities provided by the NCSEM to increase capacity, and enhance our bank of specialist knowledge across campus.
We currently have researchers working in areas including:
- Chronic diseases
- Eating disorders
- Childhood obesity
Dementia has been named the top single disease killer in the UK, overtaking heart disease.
Today, there are over 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Shockingly, experts have predicted that this will rise to over 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051. Sadly, these figures do not shows the full extent of the disease. Whilst rates of diagnosis have improved, dementia is still significantly underdiagnosed.
At Loughborough we look at lifestyles, not medicines. We are focused on research that can be directly applied. We are independent, not driven by the NHS, physicians or corporate interests. Our research is revolutionary and innovative due to cross-discipline collaboration between the following schools:
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
- Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Loughborough Design School
- Social Sciences
Dementia research at Loughborough has three elements:
- Design - looking at evidence based dementia design and developing human factors and Ergonomics guidance for dementia care environments working with UK and USA architects;
- Diagnostics - developing computerised instruments for screening and memory clinic assessment to aid early diagnostics, and reviewing assessments of lifestyle, treatments and blood/tissue based biomarkers;
- Intervention - working on lifestyle interventions such as diet, exercise and reduction of sedentary behaviour, and investigating regenerative medicine approaches including stem cell therapies.
Our ambition is to revolutionise the way dementia is diagnosed and treated to vastly improve the nation’s quality of life.