The Forgetting project

If you would like to contribute to an important study in dementia right from where you are (online), follow the link below.

We’re working on an international project (Goldsmith’s University) to develop a tool that can help detect dementia in early stages. For this we need to know how people in the community perform on these tests. Your participation will add great value to the development of this test.

It Shouldn’t take more than fifteen minutes; however please do it at a time when you can return to the test after an hour and 24 hours. Thank you for your time!

Research Activities


CNC is involved in research in dementia and other cognitive disorders.  There are three thrust areas  or three major areas of our focus-– one is early diagnosis of cognitive disorders using short, in-expensive, cognitive tests relevant to the Indian  setting, second is the prevention of dementia by doing research on risk and protective factors in the community and implementing some of the strategies and the third is investigating brain-behaviour relationships/neural subtrates and processing of cognition by studying patients following brain damage/dementia.

Past projects with International Collaborators

1. Neural subtrates and networks of second language processing by the brain in bilinguals by studying patients with semantic dementia- Prof. Karalyn Patterson, University of Cambridge, UK

2. Brain Maintenance and Cognitive reserve : A study from South India – Prof.Carol Brayne, University of Cambridge, UK

3. Mini-Linguistic State Examination (MLSE) – A brief test to diagnose primary progressive aphasia- Adaptation and Validation in Hindi and Kannada. MRC.  Prof. Peter Garrard, University College London, UK.

4. Right temporal variant semantic dementia – International Neuropsychiatric FTD consortium – Yolande Pijnenberg, department of Neurology, Alzheimer center, Amsterdam.

Funded Projects

1. Development and validation of a comprehensive clinical and neuropsychological battery for use in the Indian context for patients with vascular cognitive impairment
Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) occurs after a cerebrovascular accident (stroke, haemorrhage, etc) when patients face mild complaints with regard to memory, language, planning and organising skills. If unattended to at its earliest, there is possibility that VCI may progress to vascular dementia. The current project aims to create a neuropsychological battery to detect VCI at its earliest in the acute post-stroke period. Given the multilingual nature of the Indian population, the battery is currently being validated in multiple languages including Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam and English. This is a multi-centre project happening across 5 centres in India (Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, New Delhi, Trivandrum) and is funded by the Indian Council of Medical research (ICMR).

Non Funded Projects

  1. The Fifteen minute Assessment of Cognition over the Telephone (FACT)
    As we have patients from various parts of India visiting the clinic, regular follow ups for cognitive assessment was proving difficult. This lead us to develop a brief tool that could assess cognition over the telephone. The test is in its pilot phase and a reliable and valid tool is on its way for diagnosis and monitoring cognition.
  2. Visual Association Test (VAT)
    The visual association test is a quick and easy bed side tool to diagnose dementia. It’s a memory test proving to be sensitive to diagnose dementia when a more detailed assessment is not available or as an add-on tool to a neuropsychological battery.
  3. Striking loss of second language in semantic dementia (completed)