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Introducing our new Chief Medical Officer

Ed Pinches

With the recent announcement of a potential new Alzheimer’s drug showing promising results in late stage clinical trials, there has never been greater urgency to improve how we diagnose diseases like Alzheimer’s early and bring new treatment breakthroughs to people with dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Chief Medical Officer will help shape our emerging priority areas, […]

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How does dementia affect everyday life?

Ed Pinches

At Alzheimer’s Research UK, we have the opportunity to talk to, work with and befriend many inspirational and passionate people. All too often, these people have personal experience of dementia – in fact 1 in 2 people know someone affected by dementia. They may not have a diagnosis themselves, but often they are carers, loved […]

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6 highlights from the world’s largest dementia research conference

Ed Pinches

This year, Los Angeles played host to the world’s biggest dementia research conference – the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019. Conferences are places where top researchers and budding early-career scientists come together to learn from their colleagues, share their latest findings and create lasting collaborations. AAIC19 was no exception. Conferences like AAIC are helping […]

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When will there be a blood test for Alzheimer’s?

Ed Pinches

Alzheimer’s and the other diseases that cause dementia develop in the brain decades before symptoms start to show. This poses a huge challenge for dementia researchers working hard to make breakthroughs possible for people affected by the condition. So, why would a blood test for Alzheimer’s help? At the moment doctors can only diagnose Alzheimer’s […]

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How can a mobile game help detect Alzheimer’s risk?

Ed Pinches

You may have seen the latest news that the mobile game, Sea Hero Quest, has helped distinguish between people who are at an increased genetic risk of Alzheimer’s But what is Sea Hero Quest? And how can this game spot those at risk of Alzheimer’s? The importance of early detection Working for Alzheimer’s Research UK […]

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Rare genetic discoveries driving breakthroughs for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s

Ed Pinches

Dr Selina Wray, an Alzheimer’s Research UK-funded scientist from University College London, and researchers from the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) have shed new light on how genetic mutations cause familial Alzheimer’s disease. Through your support, you have helped to support Dr Wray throughout her career, allowing her to build her expertise, grow her […]

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What can mad cow disease tell us about dementia?

Ed Pinches

Earlier this month, at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference in Harrogate, Dr Jason Sang presented his latest research on how harmful proteins can spread through the brain. He revealed fascinating insights on how we can learn from the science behind diseases like Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans, or BSE in cattle (also known as […]

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A closer look at a cannabis-based treatment in Alzheimer’s disease.

Ed Pinches

Dementia is a condition that people often associate with memory problems, but it can also affect people in many other ways. Behavioural changes someone with dementia may experience can sometimes be just as challenging, both for the person living with dementia, as well as their carers or family members. Thanks to your support, we are […]

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The Power of Big Data

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 […]