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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 […]

Alcohol and dementia risk – what we know so far

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

You may have seen reports in today’s papers about a link between long-term alcohol misuse and risk of dementia. This study published in the Lancet found: That alcohol misuse is linked to an increased risk of dementia. That more than 57% of people who developed dementia before the age of 65 had at some point […]

In the News – Food, Frequencies, Pharma Funding

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Untangling tau Last week we reported that Cambridge-based scientists provided new insights into a protein that plays a role in a number of progressive brain diseases. They found that in Alzheimer’s disease, the hallmark protein tau started to build up in nerve cells that were strongly connected and constantly communicating with each other. Whereas in […]

Scientist Focus: Maria Tortora

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Fighting dementia inspires my research There is more to being an effective dementia researcher than honed laboratory skills. New researchers need to pick up a host of skills in order to forge a successful career and have the greatest impact This month, dementia researchers in the initial stages of their careers are making their way […]

In the News: Blood, Brains and Bold investments

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This week the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) announced a $50 million investment from Bill Gates. The investment is Gates’ first to accelerate progress toward disease-modifying treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. The DDF is a unique venture fund focused entirely on discovering and developing new drugs for dementia and was formed through the collaboration of leading pharmaceutical […]

In the News – Proteins, Pedal Power and Promising results

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Souvenaid, a milkshake-like drink made a splash in the papers this week as the results of the LipiDiDiet trial were announced. The story was covered by the BBC news online and numerous other news outlets. Souvenaid, which contains a special blend of essential fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients, showed mixed results in an early […]

In the news – Dementia, Drugs, and Dolphins

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Scientists in Scotland are investigating a potential prevention strategy for Alzheimer’s using light to stimulate brainwaves. The £50,000 research project in Strathclyde, Scotland, is part of £600,000 worth of new funding by Alzheimer’s Research UK in the country announced recently. The story was covered by the BBC. Read the full story on this fascinating project […]

In the news – Maps, Menopause and Mount Fuji

Ed Pinches

Percentage of the week 2.8% Percentage of the population of Christchurch who have dementia. Dementia ‘hotspots’ across the UK were highlighted in two interactive maps we launched this week revealing the scale of the condition across the country. Coastal areas in the south are some of the worst affected. Take a look at the picture […]

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