Welcome to a year at Alzheimer’s Research UK: a year that saw us become the Charity Times’ Charity of the year; a year when we have again broken records for fundraising and research investment; and a year where our scientists have made critical new discoveries on the path to defeating dementia. Below are some of […]
Last December I was delighted to chair the Alzheimer’s Research UK summit in Parliament following the G8 Summit where I worked with the Prime Minister to highlight the pioneering research work undertaken by innovative companies in the UK. With our ageing society, Alzheimer’s and dementia is a ticking time bomb at the heart of healthcare. […]
We desperately need new treatments for Alzheimer’s. While current treatments can help people with symptoms, over 100 years of research hasn’t given us a treatment that can stop this devastating disease. But we are getting closer, with more treatments than ever before in development. Targeting the disease process Understanding the processes in the brain that […]
This is a cross Blog post with The Dementia Challenge. As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, people often ask us whether they can help with the research effort in dementia. The answer is yes and there are lots of different ways to get involved. Everyone has their own reasons for getting involved in research. […]
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 […]
On three occasions this week patients have said to me ‘In our house, I am the brains and my husband (or wife) is the brawn’. What they were all trying to explain was how each one of the couple is no longer independently strong but precariously leaning as a result of health issues. Like the […]
The internet is a dumping ground and finding words of any worth in the flotsam and jetsam can be a chore.
In spite of this, Alzheimer’s Research UK – a charity of which I’ve been patron since 2008 – believes more words in the form of a new dementia blog might tempt people away from cat videos long enough to read something of substance. Are they right?
Alzheimer’s Research UK’s most recent study of dementia prevalence estimated around 820,000 people in the UK to be living with dementia, with that figure expected to rise dramatically. But researchers at the University of Cambridge have been re-evaluating these estimates, revealing intriguing and potentially important changes in dementia rates over the last few decades. Dr […]
I was genuinely shocked recently to get a LinkedIn congratulations on my 16th anniversary at Alzheimer’s Research UK. It really made me think how the world has changed and how we’ve pushed on in the battle to champion dementia research. When I joined the charity in 1997 the majority of people did not know the […]
This month we’ll be at the political party conferences urging all parties to continue to back dementia research. With no new drugs since 2003, and those in existence only showing modest efficacy, we desperately need new treatments that can delay the onset, slow the progression and manage the symptoms of dementia. Only through research can we make progress and offer hope to people with dementia.