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Hilary Evans

A record year, thanks to you

Hilary Evans

Each year as we finalise our Annual Report, I find myself reflecting on how far we’ve come. When the charity was established back in 1992 as the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, our founding trustees and scientists set out to fund a dedicated dementia research centre in Cambridge in response to a shocking lack of investment in […]

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It’s time to change the conversation

Hilary Evans

I believe research will change the future. But to accelerate progress towards life-changing treatments, we must also change the conversation about dementia. Last year, we asked thousands of people across the UK about their understanding of dementia. Our Dementia Attitudes Monitor revealed that one in five UK adults still think that dementia is a normal […]

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What would you want from a dementia treatment?

Hilary Evans

It seems like a simple question, doesn’t it? But despite a growing awareness of dementia, it’s a question that’s never been asked of large groups of people. And this means we’re lacking a piece of information that could be vital for charities, researchers and people tasked with making decisions about new treatments. That’s why today, […]

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In the news: Our recent letter to the editor of The Times

Hilary Evans

Yesterday, we read with empathic frustration the observation on dementia research progress at the end of The Times’ comment on research into hearing aids (Delaying Dementia, 16 July). It reads: “More research into such treatments is desperately needed, particularly given the failure of biomedical research to make progress despite many billions of investment towards finding […]

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Shining a light on the UK’s attitudes towards dementia and research

Hilary Evans

Today we’re launching our Dementia Attitudes Monitor Report – an in-depth analysis of the UK’s attitudes towards dementia and research. Improving understanding and shaping attitudes towards dementia is crucial if we are to make breakthroughs in research possible, so the Monitor, which will be repeated every two years, is an essential tool for us. In […]

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Landmark funding to transform early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementias

Hilary Evans

Today we’re welcoming a game-changing announcement for dementia research – a government-led boost of up to £79m for research into the early detection of diseases. The programme will bring together the NHS, industry, leading charities including Alzheimer’s Research UK, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. On the day when the World Dementia Council […]

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Why government must act now to make breakthroughs possible

Hilary Evans

In the three years since we launched our Manifesto 2015-2020, which outlined five areas the government could improve to support dementia research, we have seen much success and growth. We’ve seen groundbreaking funding efforts from government, charities and industry help to drive investment in dementia research. We’ve seen the number of dementia researchers double, and […]

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Make Breakthroughs Possible

Hilary Evans

Our notion of what we believe to be possible changes at a pace, perhaps never so quickly as today. It is a little over ten years since we first experienced the entirety of the world’s knowledge through the smart phone in our pocket. Similarly in 2008, Twitter took flight and 140-character debates great and small […]

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Dementia is conspicuously absent from new NHS priorities

Hilary Evans

This is a cross-post with the Health Service Journal. It’s been a month of big announcements for the NHS: the commitment to a 3.4% annual budget increase, the development of a 10-year strategic plan, and new priorities laid out by leadership for both health and social care policy and NHS England. This will hopefully lead […]

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Uncovering dementia and connecting those affected

Hilary Evans

This is a jointly-authored post from Hilary Evans of ARUK, and Javier Diez-Aguirre from our partners Ricoh Europe. Alzheimer’s Research UK and Ricoh have teamed up on an innovative partnership to support research and awareness-raising for dementia. With both the charity and the company focused on innovation, technology and discovery, it’s a partnership that brings […]

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