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Every promising research project counts

Clemens Kaminski

Back in 2010 we welcomed a very talented researcher, Dr Claire Michel, to our team at the University of Cambridge. We use state-of-the-art microscopes to view proteins in minute detail. We were studying the behaviour of two hallmark Alzheimer’s proteins – tau and amyloid – to discover why and how these proteins were so damaging […]

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What’s the point of a blood test for Alzheimer’s?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This time last week brought news of a potential blood test for Alzheimer’s, capable of detecting the disease before symptoms appear. Nearly every national newspaper carried headlines about the research, and our spokespeople were called on to help explain the implications of the study – and its limitations – for several broadcast stations. Efforts to […]

Alzheimer’s Research UK Annual Review

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Welcome to a year at Alzheimer’s Research UK: a year that saw us become the Charity Times’ Charity of the year; a year when we have again broken records for fundraising and research investment; and a year where our scientists have made critical new discoveries on the path to defeating dementia. Below are some of […]

What happens in a dementia laboratory?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

People often have a perception of scientists as wearing white coats and peering into test tubes. While this can in some cases be very close to real life, there are many different types of research taking place across the UK and dementia researchers come in many different guises. Laboratory, office or clinic? Dementia scientists can […]

New ways of thinking

George Freeman MP

Last December I was delighted to chair the Alzheimer’s Research UK summit in Parliament following the G8 Summit where I worked with the Prime Minister to highlight the pioneering research work undertaken by innovative companies in the UK. With our ageing society, Alzheimer’s and dementia is a ticking time bomb at the heart of healthcare. […]

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Cracking the tau challenge

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Last autumn we laid out a challenge for scientists from all disciplines, asking them to solve a crucial problem in dementia research: how can we develop new ways to test potential treatments aimed at a hallmark dementia protein, tau? They rose to the challenge, and work is now starting on four projects using stem cells to […]

What to expect from the next five years of dementia research

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Yesterday, our Director of Research Dr Eric Karran spoke about his hopes for the development of new Alzheimer’s treatments, saying that he is ‘more encouraged for the future now, than he has ever been’. This rallying call comes only a few days before the G8 dementia summit takes place in London. The G8 event will […]

What difference can you make to dementia research?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This is a cross Blog post with The Dementia Challenge. As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, people often ask us whether they can help with the research effort in dementia. The answer is yes and there are lots of different ways to get involved. Everyone has their own reasons for getting involved in research. […]