As I prepared for a visit to one of Alzheimer’s Research UK‘s labs, I was expecting long words and lab coats. Surely I would need a PhD to get in, I’m not a scientist. Will I even know what they’re talking about? What if they ask me a question? The nerves set in. Arriving in London, […]
As I’m new to Alzheimer’s Research UK and a social scientist, I’ve got a lot to learn about the biology and pathology behind the disease. With this in mind, I braved the traffic of inner Cambridge and visited the The Laser Analytics Group led by Prof Clemens Kaminski, based in the Department of Chemical Engineering […]
It often comes as a surprise to people that there’s a link between Down’s syndrome and dementia. But more than 60% of people with Down’s syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia – before the age of 60. With our help, scientists are unravelling why. Genetic duplication in Down’s syndrome The […]
Back in 2002, the news broke that Elan had halted its phase II clinical trial for the AN1792 vaccine, designed to combat Alzheimer’s. It was a severe disappointment for people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. Many hopes had been pinned on the vaccine, and its failure saw those hopes dashed for hundreds of thousands […]
What is posterior cortical atrophy? Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) is a rare condition most often caused by Alzheimer’s disease but surprisingly, despite often having the same underlying disease, people with PCA have a striking difficulty in seeing what and where things are, while their memory for recent events can still be very good. The visual […]
Alzheimer’s disease is mostly thought of as a memory problem. But as many who deal with the disease know, this isn’t the only problem people experience. Many patients come into clinic reporting difficulty following conversations in busy rooms, or hearing someone over a busy phone line. We’re trying to find out why people with Alzheimer’s have these problems, and what this can tell us about Alzheimer’s disease as a whole.