Dr Suvankar Pal is a Consultant Neurologist & Research Fellow who is interested in the diagnosis, audit, research and treatment of people with cognitive disorders.
Neurodegenerative diseases causing dementia are progressive, untreatable and usually fatal disorders which represent a major public health threat. Dementia has been identified by the United Kingdom government as a national clinical and research priority.
We have established the Edinburgh Cognitive Diagnosis Audit Research and Treatment (ECOG DART) register to deliver a mutliprofessional approach to longitudinal investigation of diagnosis, assessment, investigation and progression in patients with cognitive symptoms.
The research register prospectively records accurate clinical and novel data sets necessary to enable translational research in the context of a longitudinal clinical cohort study including, deep clinical phenotyping, computerised cognitive testing, evaluation of novel diagnostic clinical neuropsychological tests, diagnostic neurodegenerative gene set analysis, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers and investigation of novel diagnostic structural (MRI) and functional (SPECT/PET) neuroimaging studies.
The register also maintains a database of people who have consented to their details being held for inclusion in collaborative research studies (including clinical trials). Affiliated tissue banks archiving DNA, CSF and skin fibroblast samples further support collaborative research.