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Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2014

Jane ElsomRosa SanchoHarriet ParkerBeth Sivyer

Fourteen years on the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference returns to Oxford Preparations for the 2014 scientific conference in Oxford are well under way. It’s now eight months since the successful Belfast Conference, where we managed to avoid the snow with over 200 delegates attending this lively and interesting event. There was lots of positive feedback […]

A picture speaks a thousand words

Lloyd VaughanKirsty MaraisKaty McIntosh

Ask a photographer what comment they hear the most and you can pretty much guarantee it’s ‘I hate having my photo taken’. Obviously Mario Testino doesn’t have such problems when he’s shooting Kate Moss for Vogue or a picture-perfect portrait of the royal family, but move away from the celebrity world and getting people to […]

Coconut oil for Alzheimer’s – separating fact from fiction

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Coconut oil as a treatment for Alzheimer’s? It’s one of those claims that has rumbled on for a few years now, but there’s little evidence to say it can be of any help. Companies selling nutritional drinks and making claims about their effects don’t count. And while anecdotes from individuals can be compelling, sadly these […]

Union J Competition – have you won?

Lloyd VaughanKirsty MaraisKaty McIntosh

Today I have the pleasure of revealing the winner of our recent competition to win a book personally signed by chart-toppers Union J – with a little help from one of the group. We ran the competition to coincide with the publication of a blog post written by band member and charity supporter JJ Hamblett. […]

Drug Discovery Institute launches

Dr Simon Ridley

Alzheimer’s Research UK is launching an exciting new initiative to bridge the gap between new knowledge about the causes of dementia and the discovery of new treatments. Alzheimer’s Research UK has just announced that it is looking to establish and fund a new initiative called the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Institute. We are inviting […]

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Going Dutch – how joint funding is helping to tackle the big questions in dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

If you’re in Scotland, you may have seen media coverage in recent weeks of a major new project to study how connections in the brain deteriorate during Alzheimer’s. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh are beginning a new study to find ways to stop the disease ravaging people’s memory. The three-year project is the result […]

The smallest of clues

Sarah Moore-Fitzgerald

My father’s dementia began, as dementia often does, with the smallest of clues. He would forget where he parked his car, miss a lunch date or walk out of the house without his keys. Of course, the problem with these innocuous little slips is that these are the kinds of things that can happen to […]

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Long words and lab coats?

Charlotte Bester

As I prepared for a visit to one of Alzheimer’s Research UK‘s labs, I was expecting long words and lab coats. Surely I would need a PhD to get in, I’m not a scientist. Will I even know what they’re talking about? What if they ask me a question? The nerves set in. Arriving in London, […]