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Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty Stubbs

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Science News Team helps to communicate the pioneering work of the charity. We promote the latest research findings from our scientists and comment on breaking dementia news stories from across the globe, helping you to put them into context. We produce health information booklets and work to raise awareness of dementia in the UK. Our aim is to help you understand more about the diseases that cause dementia and the progress being made in research. The team are:

  • Dr Laura Phipps
  • Robin Brisbourne
  • Claire Lucas
  • Emma O’Brien
  • Catherine McKeever.

Get the latest updates from AAIC 2014 on our blog, including audio clips from scientists taking part.

Behind the headlines: can one in three dementia cases be prevented?

‘How can I prevent dementia?’ is one of the most common questions we hear at Alzheimer’s Research UK. And no wonder: without treatments to affect the underlying diseases, it’s natural for people to look for ways to stave off the condition. It’s also hugely important for government, as action to help people reduce their dementia […]






The hunt for Alzheimer’s treatments – amyloid and beyond

Dr Alois Alzheimer caught the first glimpse of amyloid plaques in the brain in 1906. Over a century later, the amyloid protein remains at the centre of efforts to understand and tackle Alzheimer’s disease. But should it be? We know there are other brain changes involved in Alzheimer’s and some people think these could be […]






What do we know about head injury and dementia?

In recent months, there have been a number of reports in the media on the emerging link between blows to the head, contact sports and dementia. This week at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 we had the opportunity to hear from scientists to learn what research is going on. What is the link between blows […]






Scientist focus: Ashwin Venkataraman

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

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 […]






Right patient, right treatment, right time

When doctors are faced with diagnosing someone with a disease, their aim is to give the right patient the right treatment at the right time. However, this can be difficult when doctors are faced with diseases of the brain. Our brains are highly complex organs, housed in the protection of the skull and behind a […]






Scientist Focus: Katie Lunnon

University of Exeter researcher, Dr Katie Lunnon has won the Early Career Investigator of the Year Award at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2017. The prestigious prize celebrates excellence in dementia research and comes with £25k for Dr Lunnon to spend on her cutting-edge research.  Katie studies the relatively new field of epigenetics – a […]






Rare Disease Day

Today is Rare Disease Day – an initiative to raise awareness of diseases that are usually not well known and for which it can be particularly difficult for people to get the most appropriate diagnosis, treatment and care. Dementia isn’t rare. There are an estimated 47 million people in the world living with dementia and […]






Scientist Focus: Dr Tara Spires-Jones

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 […]






Football and dementia

Today’s headlines are highlighting a possible link between playing football and a form of dementia related to head injuries. The story is based on a very small study that points to the need for more research into a question that other sports are already having to grapple with. Boxing In 1928 the term ‘punch-drunk’ was […]