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Dementia research: taking part in a study

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

It was all in the name of user testing, really – the day I signed up for ‘Join dementia research’ it was more a case of ‘putting myself in the volunteer’s shoes’ than thinking seriously about taking part in a study. And yet… a few months later, here I am, a (hopefully) brain-healthy person doing […]

Championing ‘Join dementia research’

Zara Qadir

This is a cross-post with the National Institute for Health Research Susie Hewer from East Sussex was a full-time carer for her mother, Peggy, who lived with vascular dementia for many years. Since her mother’s death in 2005, Susie has been an Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion, speaking out about dementia and the need for research. […]

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Dementia Forum 2015 report: a global call to action

Dr Matthew Norton

Today’s headlines feature a new report from the World Innovation Health Summit Dementia Forum 2015, which underlines the need for global action to tackle dementia. The report makes recommendations to help fight dementia – including steps to attract new investment for research – and outlines some of the obstacles that have hampered research so far. […]

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Boosting the search for new dementia treatments

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

When will we have a new treatment for dementia? It’s a question we get asked a lot. And understandably. There’s been a long wait since the last dementia drug was made available to people – over a decade. Today, we launched the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance, a £30m powerhouse of dementia drug discovery […]

How do we fund research?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, we receive requests for funding from researchers all over the country; last year we committed £7.6 million to pioneering dementia research. Project proposals range from unravelling the genetics of frontotemporal dementia in flies to taking a closer look at the human brain in Alzheimer’s with sophisticated scanners. As […]