December 2019

Final Age Well trial intervention now complete

The final wave of meditation and language-learning interventions in the Age Well clinical trial has just been completed.

Forty-four healthy older adults, all aged 65+, were randomly assigned to either an 18-month long meditation or foreign language-learning group course or to a control group that had no intervention. They will now take part in follow-up tests which are due to finish in February 2020.

Overall, the trial – which took place in Caen, France – has involved 137 participants over three waves of intervention. The results of the trial are expected to be published in 2021.

The Wave 3 foreign-language class participants in their English class.


Silver Santé Study and Lifebrain projects share expertise

Experts from the EU-funded projects Silver Santé Study and Lifebrain held a joint meeting in Berlin to share and discuss their research on brain health.

The meeting, which involved more than 70 experts, saw researchers from both projects present and discuss their work on topics ‘anxiety and depression in ageing and dementia’ and  ‘sleep’. This was followed by a group discussion on ‘the challenges of studying causal effects in brain research with the perspective of translation of results into clinical practice’.

Dr Gaël Chételat, Silver Santé Study Project Coordinator, said: “As Lifebrain is also an H2020-funded study focusing on brain health, it makes sense for us to liaise closely and to share common areas of work for the benefit of all.

“As well as holding the joint meeting with Lifebrain, we also jointly organised the public conference on ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ and we will continue to liaise regularly with the team.”

The joint meeting was followed by the successful public conference ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ as well as the Silver Santé Study’s annual consortium meeting, at which all project partners reported on progress to date and plans for the fifth year of the project.

The consortia of the EU-funded Silver Santé Study and Lifebrain projects following their joint meeting in Berlin in November 2019.

Public and professionals gather for Berlin brain health conference

People from all over Europe gathered in Berlin on November 30th to hear leading European brain health experts discuss the latest scientific evidence on mental health.

The ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ public conference – which was jointly organised by the Silver Santé Study, Lifebrain and the German Brain Council – brought together more than 200 people from as far afield as the Republic of Ireland, France and Switzerland to hear presentations and discussions on a range of brain health topics.

These included the impact of video gaming on the brain, whether styles of thinking can affect dementia risk, how lifestyles shape the brain in health ageing and disease, and the impact of meditation-based interventions.

Dr Gaël Chételat, Silver Santé Study Project Coordinator, and keynote speaker at the conference, said: “This was a rare opportunity for patients, health NGOs, health professionals and researchers to hear about the latest scientific evidence on mental health directly from some of Europe’s leading experts.

“It was a fantastic event which included lots of interesting questions and discussion on a variety of topical points – from video gaming to personalised brain health – and we’ve had excellent feedback from those who attended.”

Speakers at the one-day conference included Silver Santé Study senior researchers, Dr Antoine Lutz, of Inserm, and Dr Natalie Marchant of UCL, as well as Lifebrain researchers such as Professor Ulman Lindenberger of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Professor Lars Nyberg of Umeå University, Sweden.

Professor Ulman Lindenberger of MPI welcomes audience to Brain Health Across the Lifespan public conference at Harnack House, Berlin.

The Silver Santé Study had three speakers at the conference, pictured left to right, Dr Antoine Lutz, of Inserm, Dr Gaël Chételat (Project Coordinator), of Inserm, and Dr Natalie Marchant, of UCL.

October 2019

Join us for the Brain health across the lifespan public conference – last few tickets remaining

Silver Santé Study leads the way in student communication

Project research presented to European medical students

July 2019

French Ministry of Health invites project to meeting on mindfulness meditation

June 2019

Silver Santé expert and volunteers give evidence at UK Houses of Parliament

March 2019

Follow-up tests added to Age-Well

Scientific papers added to website

February 2019

Join us at the ‘Brain health across the lifespan’ public conference

January 2019

Interested in joining the Silver Santé team?

December 2018

Age Well language volunteers go on field trip to Jersey

SCD Well clinical trial team prepares to analyse data

October 2018

Project partners get a taste of meditation intervention techniques

SCD Well results due in 2019

July 2018

‘Magical’ Silver Santé workshop attracts great interest at high-profile international science forum

June 2018

Silver Santé to host session at Europe’s biggest interdisciplinary science event 

Major French TV documentary features Silver Santé research

March 2018

Silver Santé Study features on French national TV programme

New video showcases Silver Santé Study work and team

Clinical trials on course for success

December 2017

Partners gather for annual consortium meeting in Barcelona 

October 2017

Pilot study shows meditation may help cut Alzheimer’s risk 

Play a vital role in improving mental health, urge Silver Santé team

Memory clinic patients recruited for next phase of four-centre clinical trial

June 2017

Volunteers help attract new recruits for Caen clinical trial

Trial investigating benefits of mental training techniques on memory clinic patients well underway

March 2017

Four centre clinical trial launched to investigate benefits of mental training techniques on memory clinic patients

Silver Sante Study nominated for SilverEco 2017 Award

Trial groups announced to Caen volunteers

December 2016

Hundreds volunteer to take part in Age-Well Study

Silver Santé Study partners gather for General Assembly in Bonn

Memory clinic patient trials due to begin in March 2017

September 2016

Silver Santé researchers meet with Dalai Lama

Volunteers in Caen, France, invited to local meetings

Preparations for further trials on course

June 2016

Huge turnout for 1st Public Conference

Meet our ambassadors

May 2016

Launch event

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