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Exciting new phase in the UK Dementia Research Institute

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

In May 2016 we committed £50m to support the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), our biggest financial commitment to a single initiative in our 25-year history. After an international search, Prof Bart De Strooper was named as Director of the UK DRI in late 2016, and UCL was announced as the hub of the […]

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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One important myth to overturn another

Hilary Evans

Around 18 months ago, Alzheimer’s Research UK launched its first-ever awareness advertising campaign, with an arresting and urgent film designed to shake society by the lapels in how it thinks about dementia. This is a condition that is hamstrung by decades of sweeping under the carpet; seldom talked-about and frequently misunderstood. In recent years, we […]

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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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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 […]

Researching risk reduction

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

On the blog earlier this week we talked about the latest research to identify the people who are most at risk of dementia. Our age and our genes are two of the biggest risk factors for dementia and, no matter how hard we try, there’s nothing we can do to change who our parents are […]

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Silver lining for first anti-tau Alzheimer’s treatment in phase III?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Findings were reported today from the first phase III anti-tau drug in people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s. The drug, called LMTM, was being tested in a 15-month double-blind, controlled trial in 891 people. Sadly, the drug failed to meet the aims it set out to, but there may be a silver lining for the small number who […]

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Who is most at risk of dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Dementia is the most feared diagnosis in the over 55s in the UK, affecting around 850,000 people across the country. You often ask us why some people develop the condition and others don’t, and whether it’s possible to predict who will go on to get dementia. Predicting who will develop dementia is not an easy […]

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