Impact stories

Health and wellbeing research

Giving independence to people with dementia

Dementia is now the biggest killer in the UK. It doesn’t have to be though. An estimated 30,000 lives a year could be saved by helping people in their lifestyles and slowing the onset of dementia by making simple changes to diet and exercise patterns.

Here at Loughborough we are more determined than ever to fight this terrible disease and help those affected by it, through our research. Donations to dementia research have enabled the team to unveil their showcase project: Dementia House.

The building, which is located at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, incorporates several innovative concepts and technologies to support individuals living with dementia.

These range from simple inexpensive solutions to high tech innovations, all of which are based on proven academic research.

The house is open to the public, offering anyone with an interest in dementia care the opportunity to gather ideas, solutions and inspiration.

The house will also continue to provide invaluable data to the research team at Loughborough about how individuals interact with the technology and the day-to-day living patterns and routines of any inhabitants.

Diagnosing cancer with a breath test

Donations have enabled the development of a new world-class facility at Loughborough that could one day see us diagnosing cancer through a simple breath test.

The Small-Molecule Phenomic Facility will allow our researchers to capture previously unattainable levels of detail when analysing blood, urine, skin, saliva and breath samples. The aim is to identify new biomarkers associated with a multitude of diseases such as cancer and diabetes, leading to improved non-invasive early diagnostic technology and personalised healthcare interventions for these life-threatening diseases.

As well as a research boost for the nation’s healthcare system, this will provide a step-change in analytical capacity within the UK’s science infrastructure, meaning the results could have significant implications for healthcare improvements nationally and worldwide.