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The power of dementia research

Beth Edgar

Every four seconds someone, somewhere in the world, is diagnosed with dementia and there is a greater need for more research to help people affected, along with their friends, family and carers. As our population ages, our awareness of the challenge posed by dementia is increasing. There is growing understanding that at some point everyone […]

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10 things we take for granted that people with dementia forget

Lloyd VaughanKirsty MaraisKaty McIntosh

1. Recognising your nearest and dearest Looking through precious photo albums reminds us of our past, but imagine not being able to recognise your friends and family staring back at you. That’s the tragic prospect facing people with dementia. 2. Your favourite foods Whether it’s a home-cooked roast dinner or a simple bar of chocolate, […]

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PageGroup celebrates Purple People Day

Sophie Tudor

On Friday 6 March, hundreds of PageGroup staff across the UK donned purple outfits to raise hundreds of pounds for our charity partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK. The company supported Alzheimer’s Research UK by wearing purple ties, sweaters, and shirts and selling purple-themed baked goods. In May 2013, PageGroup pledged to fundraise £200,000 for Alzheimer’s Research […]

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Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015 – Clinical Perspectives

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

It has now been a week since the hugely successful Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015 got underway. The two day event was a fantastic forum for dementia scientists to exchange ideas and launch collaborations. The very first session of the conference involved specialist dementia doctors giving an overview of the different diseases that cause dementia. […]

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$100m global Dementia Discovery Fund

Dr Matthew Norton

Today the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt announced plans for a $100m global Dementia Discovery Fund at the inaugural WHO Global Action Against Dementia meeting in Geneva. Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to be part of this unique and innovative initiative, a world first for dementia research. What is the Fund? The Investment […]

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World Health Organisation Ministerial Conference on Dementia

Dr Matthew Norton

On 16 and 17 March 2015, the World Health Organization will be hosting their first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia. Ministers from around the world, as well as experts from the research, clinical and NGO communities, will be invited to come together for the first time to discuss the global problems posed by […]

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Frontotemporal dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Yesterday we heard from researchers who study frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most common cause of dementia in people under the age of 65. The talks focused on the biological chain of events that leads to FTD. People with FTD typically experience changes in personality, emotions and decision making; all symptoms that can be confused […]

Vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease: common links

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

There is growing evidence linking vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and we’ve heard this afternoon at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference about research that seeks to understand these links. Vascular disease and Alzheimer’s have many risk factors in common, and we’re increasingly seeing that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain. It’s […]

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The latest research in detection and diagnosis

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

There has been lots of discussion, both within the popular press and the research community, about the importance of early detection and diagnosis of the diseases that cause dementia. While some question the merits of an early dementia diagnosis, as there are currently few effective treatment options, there are many ways that people can benefit […]

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Untangling tau in the brain

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

This morning we heard fascinating talks from researchers working hard to understand more about the protein tau and its role in dementia. Tau normally acts as a molecular scaffold inside nerve cells, helping them to maintain order and structure and transport cargo along their long processes. In several forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal dementia, […]

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