Does the Titan represent the right context to understand if there are early signs, identifiable in an economic and non-invasive way, to verify if a person will be from Alzheimer’s disease within three years of the exams and thus apply a system for the benefit of health?
At the answer, since 2016, he works academics of the University of the Republic of San Marino And doctors of the Social Security Institute with the involvement of the English universities of Reading, Exeter and Birminghamcoordinated by San Marino researcher Francesco Tamagnini. This was reported by a note from the University of the Republic of San Marino.
Through an analysis of about 40 patients followed by the Department of Neurology of the State Hospital, “in the last six years the group has carried out research that now inaugurates its second phase with an international conference scheduled for Friday 27 May in the ‘Il Monte’ room of the State Hospital“.
The initiative, “scheduled from 9 am and entitled “A bridge between minds: clinical and preclinical approaches to the study of neurodegeneration and dementia”it is organized by the University of San Marino in collaboration with the ISS and with the patron of the Secretariat of State for Health ”.
Presented in the morning in the Aula Magna “Fausta Morganti” of the Ancient Monastery of Santa Chiara, “the conference aims to verify the possibility of expanding the project by involving more patients and working to evolve the study ‘from laboratories to clinics'” .
This “would be oriented to the creation of a real progressive screening activity, very similar to currently implemented for the early diagnosis of tumors, through which citizens could count on a non-invasive and economic system represented by the electroencephalogram”.
It is through this tool, in fact, that “the useful elements would be highlighted to understand if potential early symptoms such as short memory time wasters or slight changes in behavior could be the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease“.
“This project was born several years ago when from a census of San Marino scholars active abroad the figure of Tamagnini emerged, engaged in England, with whom we have set up a research that we are carrying out with great results and satisfactions – explained the rector of the University of San Marino, Corrado Petrocelli -. “We have chosen to support this study, also economically, because it can have positive repercussions on the territory and involves a topic of great significance, for the health of people and beyond”.
An observation immediately collected by director general of the Institute for Social Security, Francesco Bevere: “The citizens of San Marino – he said – have the right to receive all quality care and possibly in the area. This study is important because it leads in this direction and demonstrates the possibility, for the Institute for Social Security and for San Marino as a country, to be a protagonist in research and in the clinic. It is necessary to continue improving and lengthening life, but also to live the years gained to the fullest “.
In his speech, the researcher Francesco Tamagnini started precisely from the description of the San Marino context: “The fact that the Titan has a small population, with a very high life expectancy and a lot of attention at the socio-sanitary level, has allowed us something quite small like the creation of a base around which to set up a project of great impact. Succeeding in some quick signals – can help people, families and communities, as well as facilitate the country in the country at a medical and social level, any intervention measures “.
In this sense, the head of the ISS Department of Neurology, Susanna Guttmann, he indicated the dimensions of the phenomenon on the Titan: “The conference to be held on Friday is the development of a path born as a small and at the same time great challenge that has led to unite both research and medical clinic. Today we know that the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases is also high in San Marino. The register we made at the ISS Neurology Unit already numbers over 400 people. This is why the early identification of cognitive disorders is essential. This is exactly what we are achieving through this research project ”.
“This conference is a unique opportunity to network and learn more about a pathology that the republic, having a health system and a society has a very high life expectancy as a distinctive and boasting sign, cannot fail to face – he has declared Christian Ferrari representing the Secretariat of State for Health -. I thank the speakers for the enthusiasm with which they are carrying out these researches, as well as the University and the ISS for having undertaken this path of collaboration and enrichment together. Networking is a winning way of working. This is the precious teaching that comes from the conference and from the work of Guttmann and Tamagnini ”.