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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.

Untangling frontotemporal dementia

Dementia is thought to affect around 850,000 people in the UK. Most people associate the condition with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. But there are other diseases that can cause the symptoms of dementia – including frontotemporal dementia (FTD). FTD is a much rarer disease than Alzheimer’s, thought to account for around […]

Everything you need to know about PPA

When we hear the word dementia, changes in memory are the primary symptom many of us think of, however there is a range of other symptoms many people face to varying degrees. You may have seen the sad news that Terry Jones has passed away with a type of frontotemporal dementia known as primary progressive […]

Would you spend your 70th birthday in a brain scanner?

Our Insight 46 study is a unique opportunity to study how factors throughout our life could influence our brain health aged 70. The UCL team today revealed new findings from the landmark study, that blood pressure as young as 36 could impact brain health up to three decades later. Find out more about this unique […]

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

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 […]

Pressing for Progress: Women in Dementia Research

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a global day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. #adalovelaceday That includes the incredible female researchers helping to bring about the first life-changing treatments for dementia. In our 2015 report, we spoke of women as a ‘marginalised majority’, because, for women, dementia presents a ‘triple […]

What do fizzy drinks and TV watching have to do with brain health?

We often talk about brain health and dementia risk on this blog, and how it’s a complex mix of age, our genes and the lifestyles we lead. It’s also a highly active area of research, with scientists across the globe working to understand why some people develop dementia and others don’t. This week at the […]

The Power of Big Data

It’s the hot topic, the subject dominating much of this month’s news. Data. Your data. How it is used, how it is stored, who gets to access it, and for what purpose. Earlier this month data was again the subject of conversation, this time among dementia researchers and experts in data science. They gathered in […]

Drug Discovery Alliance: An update on progress

This March saw 650 top dementia researchers attend the Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Conference. Delegates travelled from across the country and beyond to London to present their findings and gain insight into the cutting-edge science paving the way for new dementia treatments. A highlight of the conference, in which so much was covered, was a […]

Looking to the future for dementia with Lewy bodies

When the family of the late Robin Williams revealed that the actor had been living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), it threw a spotlight on a disease that many people had not heard of before. Alongside tributes to his huge talent, extraordinary career, and inspiring personal qualities; many news outlets reported how the comedy […]

Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2018

I did not expect to be part of something so big. As a new member of the team, last week’s Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference in London was the first time I’d been to this annual gathering of dementia researchers. It was also the charity’s largest conference yet. Over 600 delegates came together to present their […]