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Researching risk reduction

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

On the blog earlier this week we talked about the latest research to identify the people who are most at risk of dementia. Our age and our genes are two of the biggest risk factors for dementia and, no matter how hard we try, there’s nothing we can do to change who our parents are […]

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Behind the headlines: what’s the real story for LMTX?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

The UK public woke up this morning to a series of headlines about phase III trial results of a potential Alzheimer’s drug called LMTX (also known as LMTM). The Times (£) placed their report on the front page, while the story was also reported by the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, BBC Online and more. […]

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Silver lining for first anti-tau Alzheimer’s treatment in phase III?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Findings were reported today from the first phase III anti-tau drug in people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s. The drug, called LMTM, was being tested in a 15-month double-blind, controlled trial in 891 people. Sadly, the drug failed to meet the aims it set out to, but there may be a silver lining for the small number who […]

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Who is most at risk of dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Dementia is the most feared diagnosis in the over 55s in the UK, affecting around 850,000 people across the country. You often ask us why some people develop the condition and others don’t, and whether it’s possible to predict who will go on to get dementia. Predicting who will develop dementia is not an easy […]

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The immune system – a wolf in sheep’s clothing in Alzheimer’s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Our immune systems are vital for keeping us healthy. This complex defence mechanism is made up of an army of millions of cells circulating in the blood and patrolling in our tissues. This army is made up of ‘battalions’ of cells with slightly different roles in identifying, alerting, destroying and clearing up damage in our […]

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Is Alzheimer’s written in your genes?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Research updates from Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016 This week dementia researchers from six continents, hundreds of research institutions and countless different backgrounds have made their way to Toronto for the world’s largest meeting of dementia researchers – the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016. Clinicians and pharmacologists will rub shoulders with cell biologists and geneticists […]

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My nanna: jellybeans, buses and jigsaws

Sean McGregor

Sean McGregor and his girlfriend Mia Rawlinson will be cycling the length of Britain this summer to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The Northumbria University students will be cycling nearly 1,200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, which will take over two and a half weeks. Here, Sean explains why they chose to […]

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Brexit and a new Prime Minister – what now for dementia research?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

It’s been a bumpy few weeks in UK politics, with the EU referendum result triggering a chain of events that started with the resignation of the Prime Minister, and has so far culminated in a new face at the helm of Government and a series of new Cabinet Ministers. The full effects of the UK’s […]

Epic Quest

Tim Parry

Sea Hero Quest, the smartphone game Alzheimer’s Research UK helped to create in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, UCL and the University of East Anglia, has now sailed past a colossal 1.5 million downloads. The colourful maze game allows players to pilot a boat through exotic seascapes, and opt to share their movements through the game […]

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How to fundraise every single day

Chris Wright

My name’s Chris Wright and since 1 January 2015, I’ve run at least 5km per day, every day, to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Last year that was exactly the challenge – to run every single day. This year I’ve changed the rules a bit and my task is to run 2016km in […]

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