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The Dementia Consortium

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisDr Emma O'BrienClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeever

We’re pleased to announce the first project to be funded by the £3 million Dementia Consortium, a unique charity-industry collaboration between Alzheimer’s Research UK, MRC Technology and the pharmaceutical companies Eisai and Lilly. The Dementia Consortium was set up to fund target validation – an important step on the road from laboratory to treatments in […]

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Scientist Focus: Abi Herrmann

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisDr Emma O'BrienClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeever

Abi Herrmann is a postdoctoral researcher and neuroscientist at the University of Edinburgh. What is your project about? My work focuses on synapses – the connections between nerve cells that are central to memory formation and forgetting. These connections are lost in Alzheimer’s and we know that the extent of their loss in the brain correlates […]

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A wake-up call about dementia can win this battle

Susie Hewer

This week, Alzheimer’s Research UK launched its first ever month long national dementia awareness campaign featuring a prime-time advertisement on national TV and cinemas across the UK. They’ve cleverly blended a mix of archive news footage from various sources and created something unique and attention-grabbing. Have you seen it yet? If not then please take […]

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Inspiring a fightback

Hilary Evans

There appears to be a conflict in the midst of how society currently views dementia. On the one hand, surveys tell us that we fear dementia more than any other condition and that we believe it to be one of our greatest medical challenges. This suggests there is already an awareness of the just how […]

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Cracking dementia: the challenge of our generation

Dr Eric Karran

In the 1980s the world sat up and took notice of AIDS spreading through groups across the world – quickly identified by scientists as caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). What happened in this decade in response to the growing epidemic was a collective movement across society. Activism driven by community groups, as well […]

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