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Scientist Focus: Dr Rita Guerreiro

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Rita Guerreiro from University College London is the first ever winner of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award. The Award celebrates excellence in dementia research and recognises the huge impact of Dr Guerreiro’s work across the world. In 2012, Dr Guerreiro and an international team […]

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Taking a closer look at blood flow in the brain

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

When talking about dementia we often focus on nerve cells – they are, after all, in charge of everything we do and think. But nerve cells aren’t lone rangers. Just like there’s no Sherlock Holmes without Watson, no Starsky without Hutch and no Ant without Dec, nerve cells and the blood vessels that supply the […]

The Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

In February 2015 we launched our £30 million Drug Discovery Alliance. The Drug Discovery Alliance is a network of three Institutes at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and University College London. The Alliance is one of the largest coordinated efforts in the world to find new treatments for dementia and today, we’ve announced the […]

Scientist Focus: Dr John Davis

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

Dr John Davis is the new Chief Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute. Tell us a bit about your career path After my PhD and a few years as a post-doctoral researcher in London and the United States, I started work at GlaxoSmithKline – a large pharmaceutical company. There, I […]

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Scientist Focus: Prof Paul Whiting

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

We caught up with the new Chief Scientific Officer of the Alzheimer’s Research UK University College London Drug Discovery Institute. As Chief Scientific Officer, Prof Paul Whiting will drive the progress of the Drug Discovery Institute. He’ll lead the search for promising new ideas that can be developed into the drugs of tomorrow. Tell us […]

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Scientist Focus: Bettina Platt

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

Professor Bettina Platt is the Chair of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Aberdeen and a member of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Grants Review Board. What area of research does your lab focus on? My lab focuses on nerve cell death and memory problems and we have developed a range of different techniques to study […]

Ada Lovelace Day

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

Ada Lovelace Day (13 October) is an international celebration of the work and achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). So there is no better time to focus on some of the amazing women tirelessly battling dementia through research. These inspiring women are making important discoveries that are driving the development of […]

Spotlight on frontotemporal dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

Forgetfulness and confusion are often the first things that come to mind when we hear the word dementia. But what about a shift in personality or a lack of empathy? How about changes in food preferences and a completely different sense of humour? All of these can be signs of frontotemporal dementia – the second […]

Dementia: it’s not all about Alzheimer’s or memory

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

It’s a common misconception that dementia is all about Alzheimer’s and that it’s all about memory loss. Alzheimer’s may be the most common cause of dementia and memory loss one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s but it’s nowhere near the whole picture of dementia. Here at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in the […]