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Scientist focus: Ashwin Venkataraman

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

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 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 […]

Scientist Focus: Dr Tara Spires-Jones

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

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: 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 […]

Scientist Focus: Dr Neil Oxtoby

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Dr Neil Oxtoby from UCL (University College London) has just been awarded a little over £100,000 from Alzheimer’s Research UK and three other global international funders through an initiative called Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND). BAND is supporting 11 international research projects to better characterise the similarities and differences between diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. […]

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Scientist Focus: Dr Rita Guerreiro

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Rita Guerreiro from University College London is the first ever winner of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award. The Award celebrates excellence in dementia research and recognises the huge impact of Dr Guerreiro’s work across the world. In 2012, Dr Guerreiro and an international team […]

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Scientist Focus: Dr John Davis

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Dr John Davis is the new Chief Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute. Tell us a bit about your career path After my PhD and a few years as a post-doctoral researcher in London and the United States, I started work at GlaxoSmithKline – a large pharmaceutical company. There, I […]

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Scientist Focus: Prof Paul Whiting

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

We caught up with the new Chief Scientific Officer of the Alzheimer’s Research UK University College London Drug Discovery Institute. As Chief Scientific Officer, Prof Paul Whiting will drive the progress of the Drug Discovery Institute. He’ll lead the search for promising new ideas that can be developed into the drugs of tomorrow. Tell us […]

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Scientist Focus: Bettina Platt

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneCatherine McKeeverKaty Stubbs

Professor Bettina Platt is the Chair of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Aberdeen and a member of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Grants Review Board. What area of research does your lab focus on? My lab focuses on nerve cell death and memory problems and we have developed a range of different techniques to study […]