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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 […]

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 […]