Archive | August, 2016

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In the news: Aducanumab – new Alzheimer’s trial results announced

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

With 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, and this number set to rise to over one million by 2025, urgency is building around dementia research and the hunt for new treatments that could benefit the millions of people around the world living with the condition. Many potential drugs for Alzheimer’s target amyloid […]

Dementia books for children

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

You can now order free copies of our children’s books ‘Grandad’s Hat’ and ‘When Grandma Came to Stay’ via the ‘Information about dementia’ section of our materials and literature page. Princesses, monkeys and dragons Last year we launched Dementia Explained, a website to help children and young people better understand dementia. The site features information […]

Running Down Dementia

Lloyd VaughanKirsty MaraisKaty McIntosh

If you’re looking to get fit this summer, there’s no better motivation than Alzheimer’s Research UK’s latest challenge, Running Down Dementia. Launched in collaboration with parkrun, which offers free timed 5km runs across the country every weekend, Running Down Dementia challenges participants to run 100km over the summer and raise £100 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. […]


Lucy SquanceClaire PriestwoodHannah RJess HiscocksLeah WatkinsRebecca FutrallZoe BaggotKenneth ForemanKelly Holliday

A couple of weeks ago we launched a fun competition to keep our runners motivated whilst clocking up the miles for our summer challenge: Running Down Dementia. The challenge was launched in partnership with parkrun and involves running 100k and raising £100 to power dementia research. Our #RunningDownDementia runners didn’t disappoint us. We’ve had hundreds […]

42 countries, two wheels, one man

Joss Livesey

How far would you go to raise money for a good cause? Joss Livesey, a 25-year-old from Cumbria, is going over 13,000 miles. Joss is in the middle of an epic challenge to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK. In March, he set off on the grueling eight-month journey. He aims to cycle to every […]

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Vivien Hunot

Vivien Hunot retired after turning 60 in 2015. But instead of putting her feet up Vivien vowed to raise as much money as she could for Alzheimer’s Research UK by completing 60 tasks to mark the occasion. While the list featured nicer tasks such as watching Flamenco dancing in Seville and riding a tuk tuk […]

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Learning from cancer research in the hunt for dementia treatments

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

On the final day of last month’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Toronto, we heard from Dr Jane Ann Driver, a cancer scientist who moved disciplines and took the leap into dementia research. This experience gave her a valuable perspective on dementia research, allowing her to impart lessons learned in cancer research and to highlight important […]

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Why I’m Racing the Tide to beat down dementia

Andrew Kewley

‘I’ve signed up to Race the Tide‘. ‘Race the Tide’ you say. ‘What’s that?’ A conversation I’ve had now with a few people. Through the blog, I can tell a few more people so thanks for sparing a couple of minutes to read this. To raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, I’m going to walk, […]

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Testing new apps that connect people with dementia and researchers

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookHelen Davies

At Alzheimer’s Research UK we’re always looking for ways to help people get involved with dementia research. That’s why we’re supporting Dementia Citizens, a new initiative from innovation foundation Nesta and its partners Bangor University and Glasgow Caledonian University. Today, Dementia Citizens is launching two new apps designed to connect people with dementia and their […]