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Does Down’s syndrome hold the key to cracking Alzheimer’s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

It can come as a surprise to know that having Down’s syndrome puts people at much higher risk of Alzheimer’s. In fact, the genetic rearrangement that causes Down’s syndrome is one of the greatest genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Sadly, everyone with Down’s syndrome will have developed the characteristic plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s in […]

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Scientist focus: Ashwin Venkataraman

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

Dr Ashwin Venkataraman is a Psychiatrist at Imperial College London, and an Alzheimer’s Research UK-funded Clinical Research Fellow. We caught up with him recently to find out more about his research into the potential links between alcohol abuse and Alzheimer’s disease. Name and job title Dr Ashwin Venkataraman, Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Research Fellow What […]

Exciting new phase in the UK Dementia Research Institute

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

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 […]

An exciting time for dementia research

Grace Hallinan

With the release of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s new report ‘Keeping pace: progress in dementia research capacity’, and all of the incredible progress it details regarding dementia research, I wanted to reflect on how exciting it is to be a dementia researcher in 2017. I have always been fascinated by the brain, and began my undergraduate […]

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Scientist Focus: Dr Tara Spires-Jones

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

Dr Tara Spires-Jones is based at the University of Edinburgh, where she studies the connections between nerve cells in the brain to understand how they become disrupted in Alzheimer’s disease. Tara has just been appointed Chair of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Grant Review Board, the panel of experts that meets to recommend the most promising […]

Scientist Focus: Prof Paul Brennan

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

Prof Paul Brennan is Head of Chemistry at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute. What does your research focus on? As a medicinal chemist, my research is focused on finding new drugs for dementia. We design and make drug-like molecules and test them in cells that are engineered to behave like brain cells in […]

Scientist Focus: Dr Elena Di Daniel

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

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 […]

The immune system – a wolf in sheep’s clothing in Alzheimer’s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye Monk

Our immune systems are vital for keeping us healthy. This complex defence mechanism is made up of an army of millions of cells circulating in the blood and patrolling in our tissues. This army is made up of ‘battalions’ of cells with slightly different roles in identifying, alerting, destroying and clearing up damage in our […]

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Our new Chief Scientific Officer

Tim Parry

Dr David Reynolds joins Alzheimer’s Research UK in June as our new Chief Scientific Officer. What experience does David bring to the charity and how does he view the task ahead? We spoke to David as he takes up his new role. It was an unusual and slightly macabre moment of inspiration as a schoolboy […]

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