The UK's EPSRC council awarded £1 million ($1.6 million) to researchers from Plymouth University to develop graphene-based real-time diagnostic technique for dementia. The researchers will create sensors that will detect biomarkers (found in the blood, urine or saliva) that indicate early stage dementia.

The graphene bio-sensors will provide real-time data unlike existing sensors, and conclusive results will be given within minutes of the sample being taken. The researchers will develop several graphene-based sensors, so combining them will increase the test accuracy.