At NeuroCog we recognise that ongoing involvement in research is crucial for the ongoing development of good clinical practice. In addition to carrying out our own research programme in collaboration with Universities we can provide consultancy in relation to the neuropsychological aspects of your project.
- We assist with any aspects from design to publication
- We provide trained staff to conduct neuropsychological testing in a cost effective manner without the need for you to directly employ staff
- We only charge for the work carried out which means that if the project is delayed you do not incur staffing costs
- If subjects withdraw or recruitment is lower than expected you do not incur the costs for those assessments
- We are currently providing the neuropsychological assessments for Newcastle patients taking part in a pilot clinical trial being run by University College London and Newcastle University. The study is a double blind, randomised, dual centre, crossover pilot trial of bilateral Nucleus Basalis of Meynert Deep Brain stimulation to improve cognitive deficits in patients with Dementia with Lewy Bodies.
- NeuroCog is currently working in conjunction with Newcastle University and Glasgow University to validate the Computerised Multiple Errands Test (C-MET Millar, Shearer & Evans). C-MET is based on the Multiple Errands Test (MET) (Shallice & Burgess, 1991) and involves the participant carrying out a number of tasks within a virtual shopping centre. It is intended to assess, multitasking, planning and prospective memory ability.
- In collaboration with a research team at Glasgow University, NeuroCog is currently piloting C-MET with people following brain injury. We are validating the programme by examining the relationship between participant’s scores on this task with their performance on traditional measures of planning and prospective memory.
- A project run in collaboration with Newcastle University is examining the performance of the ‘normal’ population on the C-MET and comparing their scores with those of traditional tests of planning and prospective memory.
- The C-MET also has the potential to be used in cognitive rehabilitation tool and this will be the focus of future work.
Croall, I. D., Cowie, C. J. A., Jiabao, H., Peel, A., Wood, J., Aribisala, B. S., Mitchell, P., Mendlow, D., Smith, F. E., Millar, D., Kelly, T., Blamire, A. M., (2014) White matter correlates of cognitive dysfunction after mild traumatic brain injury. Neurology, 83(6), 494-501.
Lawson, R. A., Millar, D., Brown, R. G., Burn, D. J., (2013) Guided self-help for the management of worry in Parkinson’s disease: a pilot study. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, 3(1), 61-68.