March 2019

Scientific papers added to website

A list of the scientific papers published by Silver Santé Study researchers as part of the study has been uploaded to the project website.

The new page – “Project Publications” – lists five scientific papers, three published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research and clinical interventions, one in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy and a fifth which has been accepted for publication in Current Opinion in Psychology. Links to each paper are included.

More papers will be added as they are accepted for publication so check back regularly to see our latest work. Click here to visit the page.

The Silver Santé Study’s expert researchers at the 2019 annual consortium meeting in Liège.



















Follow-up tests added to Age-Well trial

Following the completion of the first wave of Silver Santé Study’s Age-Well clinical trial, the volunteers have agreed to take part in additional follow-up tests at 21 months. This is to further strengthen validation of the trial by studying whether the effects of mental training techniques persist over time.

Over the last 18 months, the group of 42 older adults aged 65+ has been helping our expert researchers learn more about mental health & well-being in the ageing population. After taking part in a series of baseline tests, each volunteer was randomly assigned to one of three groups – an English language course, a meditation course, or a control group in which participants made no changes to their lifestyle.

Volunteers in Wave 2 will undertake their end of intervention visits in May 2019, and the Wave 3 volunteers have recently finished the nine-month visit.

Blood tests, neuroimaging scans and questionnaires have been used by our expert researchers to assess the impact of the mental training techniques on the brain. The volunteers’ lifestyle habits – such as sleep, diet, physical exercise and emotions – have also been monitored.

The results of the Age-Well trial are expected to be released in 2020.

Age-Well volunteers taking part in an English learning class at the University of Caen, France.

February 2019

Public conference – Brain health across the lifespan

Are you interested in hearing from some of Europe’s leading brain health experts on mental health and well-being?

Then take a look at the programme for our “Brain health across the lifespan” public conference aimed at healthcare specialists, researchers, patient groups, professional societies and patients with an interest in brain health. Jointly organised by the EU-funded Silver Santé Study and Lifebrain Project as well as the German Brain Council, the event will take place in Berlin on Wednesday 6th November and will cover topics such as promoting healthy brain ageing, styles of thinking and how they affect dementia risk, and whether video gaming affects the brain.

Silver Santé Study Project Coordinator and keynote speaker at the conference, Dr Gaël Chételat, said: “As an EU-funded project, we are delighted to have this opportunity to share our work directly with individuals and organisations with an interest in brain health and we would urge anyone with an interest in this field to attend.

“Several of our senior Silver Santé researchers will be speaking at the conference, alongside experts from Lifebrain and the German Brain Council and other invited speakers, and we look forward to contributing to interesting discussions about mental health and well-being on the day.”

Experts from the Silver Santé Study, Lifebrain and the German Brain Council will discuss the latest experimental approaches and evidence from these two major European research consortia regarding the impact of socioeconomic factors, physical activity, nutrition, and mental training on cognitive function, mental health, and well-being throughout life.

These results will also be explored in light of prevention and intervention strategies for brain disorders. The conference will gather European speakers from different research areas including psychology, neurology, neuroimaging, psychiatry, genetics, epidemiology, molecular biology, and medicine. Click here to download the full conference programme.

Anyone wishing to attend the conference must register via our Eventbrite page before 1st October 2019. A maximum of 180 places are available on a first come, first served basis.

January 2019

Interested in joining the Silver Santé team?

2 year Post-doc Position (Neuroimaging and Psychology)
at the University of Geneva

In the context of the European project “Medit-Ageing – investigating the impact of
meditation training on mental health and well-being in the ageing population”, the Swiss
Center for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva) offers a post-doc position in the
worpackage “Emotion” (Workpackage leader: Dr. Olga Klimecki, deputy: Prof. Dr. Patrik

Project Summary

This project studies the role that emotions and their malleability play in healthy ageing. To
this end, we collect and analyze self-report measures, measures of social behaviour,
cognitive tests and functional magnetic resonance imaging data. We also closely
collaborate with our partner institutions in Caen and Lyon (France), London (UK),
Cologne (Germany), and Barcelona (Spain).
For more information, please visit:

About our Center

The Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (director: Prof. David Sander) is one of the first
research centers worldwide dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of emotions and their
effects on human behavior and society.


We invite applications from outstanding candidates with experience in analyzing and
publishing emotion-related data in the fields of psychology and neuroimaging.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

If you are interested, please e-mail your letter of motivation, your CV, your publications,
and the full contact details of two referees to     

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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