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4 emerging non-drug approaches to tackle dementia

Robin Brisbourne

When we think about future treatments for dementia our minds may immediately think of new drugs. From vaccines to antibiotics, aspirin to statins, drugs have had a revolutionary impact on our health and wellbeing. Developing new medicines is a major focus for the research you’re helping us to fund at Alzheimer’s Research UK and research […]

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Looking to the future for dementia with Lewy bodies

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

When the family of the late Robin Williams revealed that the actor had been living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), it threw a spotlight on a disease that many people had not heard of before. Alongside tributes to his huge talent, extraordinary career, and inspiring personal qualities; many news outlets reported how the comedy […]

Rare Disease Day

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Today is Rare Disease Day – an initiative to raise awareness of diseases that are usually not well known and for which it can be particularly difficult for people to get the most appropriate diagnosis, treatment and care. Dementia isn’t rare. There are an estimated 47 million people in the world living with dementia and […]

Football and dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

In his documentary programme Dementia, Football and Me, former footballer Alan Shearer investigates a potential link between playing football and the risk of a form of dementia related to head injuries. His documentary follows a small study we reported on earlier this year which pointed to the need for more research into an issue that […]

Dementia books for children

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

You can now order free copies of our children’s books ‘Grandad’s Hat’ and ‘When Grandma Came to Stay’ via the ‘Information about dementia’ section of our materials and literature page. Princesses, monkeys and dragons We’re proud to tell you that our Dementia Explained website, which helps children and young people better understand dementia, has recently […]

Coconut oil for Alzheimer’s – separating fact from fiction

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Coconut oil as a treatment for Alzheimer’s? It’s one of those claims that has rumbled on for a few years now, but so far research has been inconclusive so there’s little evidence to say it can be of any help. Companies selling nutritional drinks and making claims about their effects don’t count. And while anecdotes from […]

How can a virtual reality game improve the diagnosis of dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

In May last year, when we joined forces with Deutsche Telekom and researchers at University College London (UCL) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) to launch the citizen science project Sea Hero Quest, we could not have anticipated the sensational response the game would have. The mobile app put your sense of direction to the test and challenged you to […]

Vascular dementia – where are the drugs?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

With each heartbeat, blood vessels deliver around 15% of your blood up into your brain. This energy-hungry organ can only keep going thanks to the constant supply of nutrients and oxygen that are carried to it in the blood. Hundreds of miles of arteries, veins and capillaries circulate blood around every inch of the brain. […]

The hunt for Alzheimer’s treatments – amyloid and beyond

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Dr Alois Alzheimer caught the first glimpse of amyloid plaques in the brain in 1906. Over a century later, the amyloid protein remains at the centre of efforts to understand and tackle Alzheimer’s disease. But should it be? We know there are other brain changes involved in Alzheimer’s and some people think these could be […]

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Scientist Focus: Katie Lunnon

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

University of Exeter researcher, Dr Katie Lunnon has won the Early Career Investigator of the Year Award at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2017. The prestigious prize celebrates excellence in dementia research and comes with £25k for Dr Lunnon to spend on her cutting-edge research.  Katie studies the relatively new field of epigenetics – a […]