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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 […]

Looking to the future for dementia with Lewy bodies

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

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 […]

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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Our new Director of Research

Branwen Brockley

Dr Carol Routledge has recently joined Alzheimer’s Research UK as our new Director of Research. What experience does she bring to the charity and what does she see in the future for Alzheimer’s Research UK? We caught up with Carol as she begins her new role.

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Exciting new phase in the UK Dementia Research Institute

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

In May 2016 we committed £50m to support the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), our biggest financial commitment to a single initiative in our 25-year history. After an international search, Prof Bart De Strooper was named as Director of the UK DRI in late 2016, and UCL was announced as the hub of the […]

How do we decide which studies to fund?

Fred Walker

Twice a year, the Alzheimer’s Research UK Grant Review Board meets to assess potential new grants. We get many grant applications each year from researchers looking for funding for their studies. The Grant Review Board exists to make sure we’re funding the most promising, practical and cost-effective studies, that will bring us closer to beating […]

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UK’s biggest dementia research endeavour starts to take shape

Hilary Evans

Today we’re proud to share with you the news that world-renowned Belgian scientist Prof Bart De Strooper will take the helm of the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), a multi-centre national Institute being created to transform the landscape of dementia research in this country. It’s been several months since we announced our commitment of £50m […]

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People power unlocks the secrets of human spatial navigation

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

In May, we worked with Deutsche Telekom and researchers at University College London (UCL) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) to launch Sea Hero Quest. This fun game got you sailing through sunkissed tropical seas and memorising maps of stormy shores – all in the name of research. The value of Sea Hero Quest […]

Scientist Focus: Dr Elena Di Daniel

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

Today (11 October) is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the work and achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. To celebrate and showcase the work of the amazing women in dementia research, we caught up with Elena Di Daniel who is Head of Biology at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug […]