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People power unlocks the secrets of human spatial navigation

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

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 […]

Who is most at risk of dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Dementia is the most feared diagnosis in the over 55s in the UK, affecting around 850,000 people across the country. You often ask us why some people develop the condition and others don’t, and whether it’s possible to predict who will go on to get dementia. Predicting who will develop dementia is not an easy […]

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The immune system – a wolf in sheep’s clothing in Alzheimer’s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Our immune systems are vital for keeping us healthy. This complex defence mechanism is made up of an army of millions of cells circulating in the blood and patrolling in our tissues. This army is made up of ‘battalions’ of cells with slightly different roles in identifying, alerting, destroying and clearing up damage in our […]

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Epic Quest

Tim Parry

Sea Hero Quest, the smartphone game Alzheimer’s Research UK helped to create in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, UCL and the University of East Anglia, has now sailed past a colossal 1.5 million downloads. The colourful maze game allows players to pilot a boat through exotic seascapes, and opt to share their movements through the game […]

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An update on our research

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

It’s a fast-moving and ambitious time for dementia research, with lots of new projects getting underway. Here is just a snapshot of what’s been happening during May. UCL Drug Discovery Institute formally opens Our Drug Discovery Alliance is an ambitious network of Institutes with dedicated in-house drug discovery experts who are working with academic researchers […]

Joining forces for the UK’s biggest endeavour in dementia research

Hilary Evans

Today we are pleased to announce a major new commitment for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Over the next 10 years, the charity will invest £50m into the UK Dementia Research Institute – becoming a founding partner in the Government-backed project, which will bring together hundreds of scientists in a dedicated effort to improve the lives of […]

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The latest progress towards new dementia treatments

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

At Alzheimer’s Research UK, we’re committed to funding the most innovative grass-roots research and translating promising discoveries into benefits for people with dementia as quickly as possible. At the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2016 in Manchester this week we’ve been hearing about some of the latest emerging research from across the UK. Where are we […]

Taking a closer look at blood flow in the brain

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

When talking about dementia we often focus on nerve cells – they are, after all, in charge of everything we do and think. But nerve cells aren’t lone rangers. Just like there’s no Sherlock Holmes without Watson, no Starsky without Hutch and no Ant without Dec, nerve cells and the blood vessels that supply the […]