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Dementia researchers are leaving no stone unturned in the hunt for new treatments

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

A major goal of dementia research is to find treatments that will benefit the millions of people around the world living with the condition. At this week’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference we’ve heard results from a number of clinical trials – research studies designed to test whether potential treatments are safe and effective. Diseases like […]

Dementia: it’s not all about Alzheimer’s or memory

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

It’s a common misconception that dementia is all about Alzheimer’s and that it’s all about memory loss. Alzheimer’s may be the most common cause of dementia and memory loss one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s but it’s nowhere near the whole picture of dementia. Here at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in the […]

Why do some people get dementia and not others? 

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

As the number of people living with dementia grows, so does public awareness of the condition. According to a YouGov poll, dementia is now the most feared condition in over 55s in the UK. But why do some people develop the diseases that causes dementia, while others are spared? Yesterday, researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association […]

Is there a joined-up approach to solve the global issue of dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

You often ask us whether dementia researchers across the world talk to each other. Do researchers in the US talk to scientists in the UK? Do they share findings and resources? How do we know we’re not spending money on research in the UK that is already being done somewhere else in the world? These […]

Study looking at immune system in dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

This is a cross-post with Join Dementia Research. SILAD (The Systemic Inflammation in dementia with Lewy bodies and Alzheimer’s Disease) is a brand new study funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK that has recently been added to Join Dementia Research. The study is looking for people with Alzheimer’s disease, people with dementia with Lewy bodies and […]

Scientist Focus: Pablo Garcia Reitboeck

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Earlier this year, Dr Pablo Garcia Reitboeck began a three-year Clinical Research Fellowship with Alzheimer’s Research UK. The grant sees Pablo, a doctor specialising in Neurology, divide his time between the clinic and the lab. We caught up with him to find out more about his work and why he became interested in dementia research. […]

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

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

That’s a question that’s been asked to members of the UK’s longest-running birth cohort study. OK, so technically they won’t necessarily need to be in the scanner on their birthday (perhaps too much to ask!) but all of the group were born in the same week in March 1946. Now they’re approaching the big 7-0, […]