Understanding dementia risk is a complex task. There are lots of different factors that can contribute to a person’s risk and these can sometimes interact with each other in ways that are difficult to study and understand. But we know that if we can understand what increases the risk of developing dementia, governments and individuals […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact across all walks of life in the UK, including scientific research. Back in March we updated you on how dementia research was adapting to the new normal. Many labs had to temporarily close and, while some studies had to stop, dementia scientists continued to work from home […]
Dementia is thought to affect around 850,000 people in the UK. Most people associate the condition with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. But there are other diseases that can cause the symptoms of dementia – including frontotemporal dementia (FTD). FTD is a much rarer disease than Alzheimer’s, thought to account for around […]
At the Sanger Institute, where my PhD is based, we are fascinated by all things genetics, which may seem a long way from a person living with Alzheimer’s disease. Yet we know that certain gene mutations (a small error in a gene) can increase your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease and now we are working to understand how and why that is.