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Looking for answers beyond the brain

Katy Stubbs

Our brains don’t exist in isolation, separate from the rest of the body, but are connected in a variety of ways. While dementia is caused by diseases of the brain, researchers are looking for answers in other parts of the body to understand how changes there could be impacting the brain. Here at the Alzheimer’s […]

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What do fizzy drinks and TV watching have to do with brain health?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

We often talk about brain health and dementia risk on this blog, and how it’s a complex mix of age, our genes and the lifestyles we lead. It’s also a highly active area of research, with scientists across the globe working to understand why some people develop dementia and others don’t. This week at the […]

Pressing for Progress: Women in Dementia Research

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Today is International Women’s Day (8 March), a global day celebrating the achievements of women who are helping to #pressforprogress. That includes the incredible female researchers helping to bring about the first life-changing treatments for dementia. In our 2015 report, we spoke of women as a ‘marginalised majority’, because, for women, dementia presents a ‘triple […]

Behind the headlines: could a nutrient drink slow down Alzheimer’s disease?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

You may have seen stories in the media that a nutritional drink can slow down Alzheimer’s disease by reducing brain shrinkage and improving memory, but what is this drink and what is the science behind these claims? What is the nutritional drink? The drink is called Souvenaid, which contains a special blend of essential fatty […]

Tipping the scales on dementia risk

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

You often hear people saying ‘prevention is better than cure’, and while there is no sure-fire way to prevent dementia, we are beginning to understand that there are ways we could reduce our risk of developing the condition. The biggest risk factors for dementia are our age and our genes, but with time machines and […]

Going beyond memory – the dementia that affects your vision

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

If you ask someone to name a symptom of dementia, chances are they would mention becoming forgetful or problems with memory. While these are the most well-known symptoms of Alzheimer’s, which is the most common cause of dementia, there are some more varied and lesser known symptoms that can affect things like vision, speech, personality […]

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What do we know about head injury and dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

In recent months, there have been a number of reports in the media on the emerging link between blows to the head, contact sports and dementia. This week at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 we had the opportunity to hear from scientists to learn what research is going on. What is the link between blows […]

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Scientist focus: Ashwin Venkataraman

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Dr Ashwin Venkataraman is a Psychiatrist at Imperial College London, and an Alzheimer’s Research UK-funded Clinical Research Fellow. We caught up with him recently to find out more about his research into the potential links between alcohol abuse and Alzheimer’s disease. Name and job title Dr Ashwin Venkataraman, Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Research Fellow What […]

Exciting new phase in the UK Dementia Research Institute

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

In May 2016 we committed £50m to support the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), our biggest financial commitment to a single initiative in our 25-year history. After an international search, Prof Bart De Strooper was named as Director of the UK DRI in late 2016, and UCL was announced as the hub of the […]

Right patient, right treatment, right time

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

When doctors are faced with diagnosing someone with a disease, their aim is to give the right patient the right treatment at the right time. However, this can be difficult when doctors are faced with diseases of the brain. Our brains are highly complex organs, housed in the protection of the skull and behind a […]