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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 […]

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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Pressing for Progress: Women in Dementia Research

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a global day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. #adalovelaceday 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 […]

Prime Minister supports revolutionary early diagnosis effort

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 […]

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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