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As part of the School of Science and Technology Mathematical Sciences Research Centre Seminar Series, Dr Christopher McCollin, NTU presents: The physics of dementia.

  • From: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 2 pm
  • Location: 169, New Hall Block, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the School of Science and Technology Mathematical Sciences Research Centre Seminar Series, Dr Christopher McCollin, NTU presents: The physics of dementia.

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The Newcastle University oldest (ages 85-95) dementia data set has been analysed. We consider sequential loss of ability to perform activities of daily living. These are rationalised using Mokken scaling into a cumulative degradation scale and the results show that the loss of abilities follow a common pattern. The Langevin equation is derived and compared with an alternative stochastic derivation. The data is then explained in the context of an RCL oscillator/filter and it is shown where the critical point in the dementia cycle is which determines the point at which a physical change has occurred. The full data is then re-ordered to determine the possible way that physical changes are taking place within the individual through cell loss in the brainstem and this analysis gives results that for the first time show that Katz’s (1963) assertion that dementia is reversed childhood development is correct. This presentation is joint work with Sophie Whitfield and Shirley Coleman of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

All welcome.

This seminar is hosted by Dr David Chappell.

Location details

Room/Building:

169, New Hall Block

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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