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Celebrating Older People: Silver Sunday

Lucinda Hurrey

Silver Sunday takes place on 1 October this year, the same day as the United Nation’s International Day of Older People. With hundreds of free events and activities across the country already confirmed, this year is set to be the biggest celebration of older people yet.  Find out how you can get involved here. What […]

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

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

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 […]

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

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

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 […]

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Behind the headlines: can one in three dementia cases be prevented?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

‘How can I prevent dementia?’ is one of the most common questions we hear at Alzheimer’s Research UK. And no wonder: without treatments to affect the underlying diseases, it’s natural for people to look for ways to stave off the condition. It’s also hugely important for government, as action to help people reduce their dementia […]

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The hunt for Alzheimer’s treatments – amyloid and beyond

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

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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What do we know about head injury and dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

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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The Mighty Quiz

Lucy Squance

With just a couple of weeks to go until the big day we are delighted to see keen quizzers up and down the country getting ready to host their own Mighty Quiz for Alzheimer’s Research UK. On Thursday 27 April the nation will come together to take part in a quiz like no other. What’s […]

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Another year, another marathon

Michelle White

Last spring, Michelle White pulled on her trainers, donned her running vest and took on the London Marathon. She raised an incredible sum of over £4,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, having seen the devastating impact of dementia in her family. Despite the pain and exhaustion, she’s signed up to do it again in 2017. We […]

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Why I’m Racing The Tide

Ross Proctor

It’s been a year since AXA Insurance partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK to help raise awareness of this cruel condition and of course to raise as much money as we can to power the fight to defeat dementia. Right from the beginning, I was passionate about the cause. I have no personal experience of dementia […]

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Scientist Focus: Dr Rita Guerreiro

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Rita Guerreiro from University College London is the first ever winner of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award. The Award celebrates excellence in dementia research and recognises the huge impact of Dr Guerreiro’s work across the world. In 2012, Dr Guerreiro and an international team […]

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