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Going Dutch – how joint funding is helping to tackle the big questions in dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

If you’re in Scotland, you may have seen media coverage in recent weeks of a major new project to study how connections in the brain deteriorate during Alzheimer’s. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh are beginning a new study to find ways to stop the disease ravaging people’s memory. The three-year project is the result […]

Long words and lab coats?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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, […]

Down’s syndrome and dementia: what’s the link?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 […]

When is a failed clinical trial not a failure?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 […]

When Alzheimer’s steals your sight

Tim Shakespeare

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 […]

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Alzheimer’s disease and the cocktail party effect

Hannah Golden

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.

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