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Alzheimer's disease

We have started to investigate how short-term memory deteriorates with healthy ageing and in people at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. 

Binding together features of items in memory appears to be particularly vulnerable to dysfunction or damage of the medial temporal lobes, a key region of the brain identified as playing an important role in memory processes.

It is now understood that Alzheimer's disease is not just a disorder of memory. Patients also may have difficulties with making decisions and being motivated to act. Many lack 'get up and go' and become apathetic, unable to generate drive to do things. 

We are performing research on:


If you want to get involved or find out more about our research based at Oxford University and the John Radcliffe Hospital, please write to:

Professor Masud Husain, Nuffield Dept Clinical Neurosciences, Level 6, West Wing, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU



Husain M & Schott J eds. (2016) Oxford Textbook of Cognitive Neurology & Dementia. Oxford University Press, Oxford.



Zokaei N, Husain M (2019) Working Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease Current Top Behav Neurosci (Epub ahead of print) PMID: 31347008

Nobis L, Manohar SG, Smith SM, Alfaro-Almagro F, Jenkinson M, Mackay CE, Husain M (2019) Hippocampal volume across age: Nomograms derived from over 19,700 people in UK Biobank. Neuroimage Clin (Epub ahead of print)

Ahmed S, Loane C, Bartels S, Zamboni G, Mackay C, Baker I, Husain M, Thompson S, Hornberger M, Butler C (2018) Lateral parietal contributions to memory impairment in posterior cortical atrophy. Neuroimage Clinical 20:252-9. PMID:30094173

Ahmed S, Irish M, Loane C, Baker I, Husain M, Thompson S, Blanco-Duque C, Mackay C, Zamboni G, Foxe D, Hodges JR, Piguet O, Butler C (2018) Association between precuneus volume and autobiographical memory impairment in posterior cortical atrophy: Beyond the visual syndrome. Neuroimage Clinical 18:822-834. PMID:29876268

Sen A, Capelli V, Husain M (2018)  Cognition and dementia in older patients with epilepsy. Brain 141:1592-1608.

Nobis L, Husain M (2017) Apathy in Alzheimer's disease. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 22:7-13.

Husain M, Roiser R (2018) The neuroscience of apathy and anhedonia: A transdiagnostic approach. Nature Reviews Neuroscience (Epub ahead of print).

Husain M (2017) How far can biomarkers take us in neurodegenerative disorders? Brain 140:3067-8 PMID:29194507

Husain M (2017) Transdiagnostic neurology: neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative conditions. Brain 140:1535-6 PMID:28549134

Zokaei N, Giehl K, Sillence A, Neville MJ, Karpe F, Nobre AC, Husain M (2017) Sex and APOE: A memory advantage in male APOE ε4 carriers in midlife. Cortex (Epub ahead of print). PMID: 28086184

Husain M (2017) Alzheimer's disease: time to focus on the brain, not just the moleculesBrain 140:251-3 PMID: 28137952

Liang Y, Pertzov Y, Nicholas JM, Henley SM, Crutch S, Woodward F, Leung K, Fox NC, Husain M (2016) Visual short-term memory binding deficit in familial Alzheimer's disease. Cortex 78: 150-64 PMID: 27085491

Ahmed S, Baker I, Thompson S, Husain M, Butler CR (2016) Utility of testing for apraxia and associated features in dementia.  Neural Neurosurg Psychiat (Epub ahead of print) PMID: 27251676

Ahmed S, Baker I, Husain M, Thompson S, Kips C, Hornberger M, Hodges JR, Butler CR (2016) Memory impairment at initial clinical presentation in posterior cortical atrophy. J Alzheimers Dis (Epub ahead of print) PMID: 27128371

Pertzov Y, Heider M, Liang Y, Husain M. (2014) Effects of Healthy Ageing on Precision and Binding of Object Location in Visual Short Term Memory. Psychol Aging 30, 26-35. PMID: 25528066

Zokaei N, Heider M, Husain M. (2014) Attention is required for maintenance of feature binding in visual working memory. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 67: 1191-213 PMID:24266343

Pertzov Y, Miller TD, Gorgoraptis N, Caine D, Schott JM, Butler C, Husain M. (2013) Binding deficits in memory following medial temporal lobe damage in patients with voltage-gated potassium channel complex antibody-associated limbic encephalitis. Brain 136: 2474-85. PMID:23757763

Peich M, Husain M, Bays PM. (2013) Age-related decline of precision and binding in visual working memory. Psychology & Aging 28: 729-43. PMID:23978008