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MP Daniel Zeichner visits Alzheimer’s Research UK

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookHelen Davies

Protecting dementia research in a post-Brexit Britain with Daniel Zeichner MP Even though it has been more than seven months since Britain voted to leave the EU, we are still in a state of uncertainty about exactly what Brexit will look like and we do not yet fully understand the impact this decision will have […]

Behind the big dementia headlines of 2016: are we getting closer to a cure?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

As we embark on a new year of dementia research, let’s take a look back to see how 2016 got us talking about dementia. In Alzheimer’s diseases, there are two hallmark proteins that build up in the brain – amyloid and tau. Unsurprisingly, these two proteins have become the focus of drug discovery research in […]

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It’s not all about the nerve cells

Mark Dallas

The human brain is a complex structure made up of different types of cells. You have probably heard scientists talk about nerve cells or brain cells. These are the cells that are lost in Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are a similar number of other cell types within the brain, called glial cells. Glial, comes for […]

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UK’s biggest dementia research endeavour starts to take shape

Hilary Evans

Today we’re proud to share with you the news that world-renowned Belgian scientist Prof Bart De Strooper will take the helm of the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), a multi-centre national Institute being created to transform the landscape of dementia research in this country. It’s been several months since we announced our commitment of £50m […]

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People power unlocks the secrets of human spatial navigation

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

In May, we worked with Deutsche Telekom and researchers at University College London (UCL) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) to launch Sea Hero Quest. This fun game got you sailing through sunkissed tropical seas and memorising maps of stormy shores – all in the name of research. The value of Sea Hero Quest […]

Using digital technology to power research

Hilary Evans

We live in a unique time. With huge technological advances being made across the globe, it’s difficult today to think of any aspect of life that has been untouched by the digital revolution. Technology is changing the way we live and work, and importantly, it is transforming the way we carry out health research. Hardly […]

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Drug discovery and the pharmaceutical industry: collaborating for progress

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookHelen Davies

Dementia is too big a challenge for one organisation to tackle alone. As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, we’re proud to be funding cutting-edge, innovative science, but we’re also continually working to encourage investment across the board. To develop new treatments for dementia, we need a thriving research sector, and the pharmaceutical industry is a […]

Scientist Focus: Dr Elena Di Daniel

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Today (11 October) is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the work and achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. To celebrate and showcase the work of the amazing women in dementia research, we caught up with Elena Di Daniel who is Head of Biology at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug […]