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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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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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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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Rare genetic discoveries driving breakthroughs for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s

Ed Pinches

Dr Selina Wray, an Alzheimer’s Research UK-funded scientist from University College London, and researchers from the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) have shed new light on how genetic mutations cause familial Alzheimer’s disease. Through your support, you have helped to support Dr Wray throughout her career, allowing her to build her expertise, grow her […]

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What can mad cow disease tell us about dementia?

Ed Pinches

Earlier this month, at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference in Harrogate, Dr Jason Sang presented his latest research on how harmful proteins can spread through the brain. He revealed fascinating insights on how we can learn from the science behind diseases like Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans, or BSE in cattle (also known as […]

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Does Down’s syndrome hold the key to cracking Alzheimer’s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

It can come as a surprise to know that having Down’s syndrome puts people at much higher risk of Alzheimer’s. In fact, the genetic rearrangement that causes Down’s syndrome is one of the greatest genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Sadly, everyone with Down’s syndrome will have developed the characteristic plaques and tangles of Alzheimer’s in […]

A closer look at a cannabis-based treatment in Alzheimer’s disease.

Ed Pinches

Dementia is a condition that people often associate with memory problems, but it can also affect people in many other ways. Behavioural changes someone with dementia may experience can sometimes be just as challenging, both for the person living with dementia, as well as their carers or family members. Thanks to your support, we are […]

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The global research landscape 2018: hopes and highlights

Dr David Reynolds

Our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr David Reynolds looks back at key milestones in dementia research in 2018. The past 12 months have seen many important developments across the dementia research landscape– a field that unites governments and industry with health services and research institutes in urgent action to tackle diseases that affect more than 50 […]

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6 landmark moments in dementia research

Dr David Reynolds

There are certain moments in life that, when looking back, stand out above the rest. It’s no different in scientific discovery – a journey of exploration, where important discoveries pave the way for the breakthroughs that change lives. Here are some of the most influential advances in dementia research over the last century – thank […]

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