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The inflamed brain

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This afternoon we heard about the role of inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation is the body’s defence mechanism; it responds to damage and infection to keep us healthy. When toxic proteins build-up in people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the brain fights back and launches an inflammatory response to keep the damage at […]

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Taking aim at amyloid

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

We’ve heard some very interesting talks already on this, the first day of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015. Before lunch I attended a lively session all about the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein amyloid. Amyloid has long been a key focus for a great deal of Alzheimer’s research, but as today’s session showed, scientists are still […]

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Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Welcome to the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015! We’ve gathered 450 dementia researchers together under one roof to share their findings, form collaborations and accelerate dementia research. The meeting is the largest dementia research conference in the UK and scientists from across our Research Network will be joined by international dementia experts; a global approach […]

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Scientist Focus: Hannah Clarke

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

We spoke to Hannah Clarke, a second year PhD student at the University of Liverpool, about her work and why she got involved in dementia research. What does your project focus on? All of the cells in our body have a sugar coating; chains of sugar molecules decorate the cell surface and have a huge […]

Women and Dementia: A Marginalised Majority

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

A report being released today by Alzheimer’s Research UK highlights the enormous toll of dementia on women in the UK.  They face a triple whammy: dementia is now the leading cause of death among UK women; women are also far more likely to end up as carers of friends or relatives with dementia– suffering physical […]

Living with posterior cortical atrophy

Valerie Blumenthal

This is a cross-post with The Huffington Post. Author Valerie Blumenthal was diagnosed with PCA, a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease, last year. Today she will join a panel at the Women of the World Festival as Alzheimer’s Research UK launches a report highlighting the particular impact dementia has on women. Here, Valerie shares her […]

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A powerful new look and a renewed commitment

Hilary Evans

Over the last year we’ve been talking to people with dementia and our supporters about the impact of dementia. A word we frequently heard from affected families was “powerlessness”. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias take so much from people, shattering lives. But at Alzheimer’s Research UK, we know that pioneering research is our best hope […]

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