Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I also join without data? Yes, you can also join the consortium with other means such as expertise and network.

  • Can I also join with clinical data? Yes UNITED also wants to utilize data that is already collected, such as clinical data.

    Why clinical data?
    Despite the heterogeneity of the clinical data it can be very useful to include and represent real world conditions and patients. Whilst we are looking into those with neurodegeneration a range of patients can be included, especially those who are free of dementia and stroke as these are useful for a control group comparison. In general MRI is preferred for this research however we are also investigating promising processing pipelines that allow us to extract useful information from CT images so these can be included too.

  • I don’t have the time or resources to analyze my data, can I still join? Yes, we will try to help as much as possible through multiple routes.
  • Is it necessary to share data? No, analysis can also be done at your own site if you have manpower and infrastructure available.
  • Is this only for large cohorts? No, given novel meta-analytical methods that we have developed, no sample size is too small to include. 
  • I only have data from a low-field MRI, is this usable? Yes, we are working on methods to extract information from a wide range of scanners.
  • If I join, do I need to be involved in every project? No, we work on an opt-in basis for every project so you can decide if a project appeals to you.
  • Is there funding available to assist with our involvement? We are always willing and open to joint funding applications.
  • Why would I join? Have a look at all the opportunities you will get as a collaborator here.
  • How can I find out more information? We are always open to set up a meeting to discuss the possibilities, in the mean time follow us on social media and sign up for the newsletter.


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The aim of the UNITED consortium is to be global platform for research on neurodegeneration that is inclusive of populations from currently underrepresented countries, including South America, Africa and Asia. It’s abbreviation – UNITED – underlines our position in bridging a divided world.


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