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A glimmer of hope for an Alzheimer’s drug? What’s new with DIAN-TU?

Ed Pinches

Earlier this year scientists announced results from DIAN-TU, an international drug trial testing the potential Alzheimer’s treatments, solanezumab and gantenerumab, in people with a rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease. Together, these forms are known as familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD). The scientists reported that the drugs didn’t have a meaningful benefit on memory and thinking […]

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COVID-19 – The dementia research field adapts

Dr Carol Routledge

It hardly needs to be said that the whole country is going through a very challenging time as we take steps to limit the impact of the coronavirus. Almost every walk of life will have been impacted by the outbreak and our thoughts are with all of those affected. People with dementia are likely to […]

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Everything you need to know about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease

Claire Bromley

Dementia isn’t just a part of ageing. It’s caused by diseases. There are several diseases that cause dementia including vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies, but the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the culprit in around 2/3 of dementias. What happens in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease? Over […]

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Thanks for sharing

Dr Carol Routledge

Over the last few weeks we’ve been asking you to Share the Orange and help to spread our powerful campaign video featuring Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson. Taking the time to watch the video will help many people to better understand the nature of diseases like Alzheimer’s, but by sharing it, the impact grows, and […]

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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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Would you spend your 70th birthday in a brain scanner?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesFiona Calverthonor pollardClaire Bromley

Our Insight 46 study is a unique opportunity to study how factors throughout our life could influence our brain health aged 70. The UCL team today revealed new findings from the landmark study, that blood pressure as young as 36 could impact brain health up to three decades later. Find out more about this unique […]

6 areas dementia experts say research should focus on next

Rui Mauricio

In a new publication, Alzheimer’s Research UK is coming together with leading dementia experts to lay out suggested areas of emphasis for future dementia research. Since 2013, we’ve seen real improvements in the financial support for dementia research and the number of dementia researchers. In fact, between 2008/09 and 2014/15, the number of researchers doubled […]

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When will there be a blood test for Alzheimer’s?

Ed Pinches

Alzheimer’s and the other diseases that cause dementia develop in the brain decades before symptoms start to show. This poses a huge challenge for dementia researchers working hard to make breakthroughs possible for people affected by the condition. So, why would a blood test for Alzheimer’s help? At the moment doctors can only diagnose Alzheimer’s […]

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The fathers of the brain

Simon Bell

Around Father’s Day, many people across the country will be thanking their fathers for the support, love and very likely financial assistance they have given them throughout their lives. The relationship a father, or any individual, has with a child they care for is dynamic and complex. When we are young, fathers can help to […]

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