Scientists at Dundee University are to lead a £1.1m study into whether eye tests can uncover the onset of Alzheimer’s sickness.
A group from the college’s school of registering will complete the three-year study with partners in Edinburgh.
Proof recommends changes to veins and conduits in the eye could be connected to sicknesses including stroke and cardiovascular illness.
The group will concentrate on if this could demonstration as an “early cautioning” of Alzheimer’s.
The new study utilizes exceptionally created machine programming to investigate high-definition pictures of the eye from numerous instruments to create whether such changes in the eye could go about as an early pointer of Alzheimer’s illness.
The group will further create existing programming and cross-reference information with therapeutic history data put away at Ninewells Hospital to check whether a relationship can be created.
Emanuele Trucco, teacher of computational vision at the school of figuring, is heading the task.
He said: “On the off chance that you can investigate somebody’s eyes utilizing an economical machine and find something which may recommend a danger of creating dementia, then that is an extremely fascinating suggestion.
“There is the guarantee of ahead of schedule cautioning in a non-obtrusive manner and there is likewise the way that we even may have the capacity to utilize the test to separate between diverse sorts of dementia.”
The venture has been subsidized as a feature of a £8m speculation at 11 colleges by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The body’s CEO Prof Philip Nelson said: “The UK confronts a gigantic test over the advancing decades, we have a maturing populace and a feasible climb in the quantities of individuals experiencing dementias.
“These exploration ventures will enhance our capacities to identify and comprehend dementias and how the ailment advances.”
The study will start in April 2015 and run for three yea