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Dr Laura Phipps

What happens in a dementia laboratory?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

People often have a perception of scientists as wearing white coats and peering into test tubes. While this can in some cases be very close to real life, there are many different types of research taking place across the UK and dementia researchers come in many different guises. Laboratory, office or clinic? Dementia scientists can […]

What to expect from the next five years of dementia research

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Yesterday, our Director of Research Dr Eric Karran spoke about his hopes for the development of new Alzheimer’s treatments, saying that he is ‘more encouraged for the future now, than he has ever been’. This rallying call comes only a few days before the G8 dementia summit takes place in London. The G8 event will […]

What difference can you make to dementia research?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This is a cross Blog post with The Dementia Challenge. As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, people often ask us whether they can help with the research effort in dementia. The answer is yes and there are lots of different ways to get involved. Everyone has their own reasons for getting involved in research. […]

In the news: The genetics of Alzheimer’s risk

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Making the news today is research from scientists at Cardiff University who, as part of a global research team, have discovered 11 new areas of the genome linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. The study is unique in the field of Alzheimer’s, not just for the sheer quantity of genetic information it has produced […]

Neurodegeneration – a common cure?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Today’s papers are reporting a ‘potential breakthrough’ in treating all neurodegenerative disorders. Surely this sounds too good to be true? Let’s look in a bit more detail at the concept behind this research… What do neurodegenerative diseases have in common? The term ‘neurodegenerative disease’ covers a whole span of conditions, all resulting in the loss of nerve […]

Down’s syndrome and dementia: what’s the link?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

It often comes as a surprise to people that there’s a link between Down’s syndrome and dementia. But more than 60% of people with Down’s syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia – before the age of 60. With our help, scientists are unravelling why. Genetic duplication in Down’s syndrome The […]

World Alzheimer’s Day: How you can make a difference in research

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day. No doubt the day will mean something different to everyone touched by Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. For some, it’s an opportunity to think about those we know affected by dementia, or those who are no longer here. For others, a chance to raise awareness or think about how […]

Are dementia rates falling?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s most recent study of dementia prevalence estimated around 820,000 people in the UK to be living with dementia, with that figure expected to rise dramatically. But researchers at the University of Cambridge have been re-evaluating these estimates, revealing intriguing and potentially important changes in dementia rates over the last few decades. Dr […]