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Prime Minister supports revolutionary early diagnosis effort

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

In an announcement made today, Prime Minister Theresa May outlined a new focus on early diagnosis of disease under the Grand Challenge on Artificial Intelligence in the Industrial Strategy. The Prime Minister announced an aim to transform the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of a range of health conditions including dementia. In her speech, she […]

The 8 things we want the Challenge on Dementia to focus on

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

The Challenge on Dementia 2020 is a vital effort to bring together government, charities and other organisations to improve dementia care, build awareness, and strengthen dementia research. The Challenge laid out over 50 commitments in 2015 as part of an ongoing effort to improve the lives of people affected by dementia. This year, the Challenge […]

Looking to the future for dementia with Lewy bodies

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

When the family of the late Robin Williams revealed that the actor had been living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), it threw a spotlight on a disease that many people had not heard of before. Alongside tributes to his huge talent, extraordinary career, and inspiring personal qualities; many news outlets reported how the comedy […]

Your data, your power: How you can help save lives

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

When shared in a safe and ethical way, Alzheimer’s Research UK strongly believes health data can save lives. That’s why we’re excited by the new videos produced by Understanding Patient Data that give a closer look at how your health data is being used and the incredible impact it can have. The potential impact of […]

Why dementia doesn’t believe in gender parity

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

As we take time today to celebrate International Women’s Day and the incredible women who are helping to #pressforprogress in research and science, we must also reflect on a hard reality – women are a marginalised majority when it comes to dementia. Not only are women far more likely to end up as carers of […]

Pressing for Progress: Women in Dementia Research

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

Today is International Women’s Day (8 March), a global day celebrating the achievements of women who are helping to #pressforprogress. That includes the incredible female researchers helping to bring about the first life-changing treatments for dementia. In our 2015 report, we spoke of women as a ‘marginalised majority’, because, for women, dementia presents a ‘triple […]

Behind the headlines: Pfizer scales back investment but hope remains for a dementia treatment

Dr Matthew Norton

Recent news from the pharmaceutical industry that Pfizer is reducing its investment in dementia research has highlighted some of the barriers to research, and the increased need for shared responsibility in bringing treatments to people in need. It’s easy to get bogged down by headlines that use words like “abandon” to describe what’s happening to […]

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A year of progress since Santa Forgot

Dr David Reynolds

Last year we brought you Santa Forgot, a thought-provoking story imagining a world where Father Christmas is living with dementia.   In the time since we launched the campaign, this powerful message will have become a stark reality for families all over the country. Around 200,000 people in the UK will have developed dementia in […]

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Why dementia doesn’t need to be the biggest killer

Hilary Evans

Waking up to the news that dementia is now the biggest killer in the UK is devastating – particularly for the 850,000 people living with the condition, their loved ones and anyone else who has, in some way, been impacted by dementia. Heartbreaking as these figures are, at Alzheimer’s Research UK we are sadly not […]

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Behind the headlines: could a nutrient drink slow down Alzheimer’s disease?

Kirsty MaraisClare van LyndenSusan MitchellEmily CookEmma HardwickHelen DaviesMelody Paton Borchardt

You may have seen stories in the media that a nutritional drink can slow down Alzheimer’s disease by reducing brain shrinkage and improving memory, but what is this drink and what is the science behind these claims? What is the nutritional drink? The drink is called Souvenaid, which contains a special blend of essential fatty […]