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What to expect from the next five years of dementia research

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Yesterday, our Director of Research Dr Eric Karran spoke about his hopes for the development of new Alzheimer’s treatments, saying that he is ‘more encouraged for the future now, than he has ever been’. This rallying call comes only a few days before the G8 dementia summit takes place in London. The G8 event will […]

Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2014

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Fourteen years on the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference returns to Oxford Preparations for the 2014 scientific conference in Oxford are well under way. It’s now eight months since the successful Belfast Conference, where we managed to avoid the snow with over 200 delegates attending this lively and interesting event. There was lots of positive feedback […]

Drug Discovery Institute launches

Dr Simon Ridley

Alzheimer’s Research UK is launching an exciting new initiative to bridge the gap between new knowledge about the causes of dementia and the discovery of new treatments. Alzheimer’s Research UK has just announced that it is looking to establish and fund a new initiative called the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Institute. We are inviting […]

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Going Dutch – how joint funding is helping to tackle the big questions in dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

If you’re in Scotland, you may have seen media coverage in recent weeks of a major new project to study how connections in the brain deteriorate during Alzheimer’s. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh are beginning a new study to find ways to stop the disease ravaging people’s memory. The three-year project is the result […]

Long words and lab coats?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

As I prepared for a visit to one of Alzheimer’s Research UK‘s labs, I was expecting long words and lab coats. Surely I would need a PhD to get in, I’m not a scientist. Will I even know what they’re talking about? What if they ask me a question? The nerves set in. Arriving in London, […]

In the news: The genetics of Alzheimer’s risk

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Making the news today is research from scientists at Cardiff University who, as part of a global research team, have discovered 11 new areas of the genome linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. The study is unique in the field of Alzheimer’s, not just for the sheer quantity of genetic information it has produced […]

Placebo Tea

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

In this short piece I’m going to describe why we need clinical trials to develop new Alzheimer’s treatments. And cups of tea. What is the placebo effect? It’s been shown over and over again that patients who are given empty injections or pills, which they believe contain medicine, experience symptom improvement. This happens in a […]

Why is dementia research the elephant in the room?

Dr Matthew Norton

This is a cross Blog post with Age UK With the Care Bill running through parliament, the development of historic reform of the funding system for social care and much political focus on the integration with the health system. One could be forgiven for thinking that the Gordian Knot that is health and social care […]

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Neurodegeneration – a common cure?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Today’s papers are reporting a ‘potential breakthrough’ in treating all neurodegenerative disorders. Surely this sounds too good to be true? Let’s look in a bit more detail at the concept behind this research… What do neurodegenerative diseases have in common? The term ‘neurodegenerative disease’ covers a whole span of conditions, all resulting in the loss of nerve […]