Cognitive impairment in cerebral small vessel disease: Early signs and determinants of progression

Project: Academy of Finland: Clinical Researcher

Project Details

Layman's description

Cerebrovascular diseases and particularly cerebral small vessel disease are common causes of cognitive impairment and progressive neurocognitive disorders. Previous research has focused on dementia as the end-state of the disease, while the early mechanisms of cognitive impairment are not well known. The aim of this study is to extend scientific knowledge on risk factors, diagnostic tools and determinants of progressive brain changes, cognitive impairment and behavioral symptoms as well as protective factors related to functional impairment in small vessel disease. The investigations will be carried out at the Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki as part of two longitudinal studies, which both include extensive neuropsychological and clinical evaluations, and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. The project will leverage digitalized neuropsychological tests and novel image analysis methods that enable more accurate quantification of brain changes than before.
Effective start/end date01/09/202231/08/2026

Fields of Science

  • 515 Psychology
  • 3124 Neurology and psychiatry