Clinical trials are research experiments or observations; studies involving people that are designed to answer questions about biomedical or behavioural aspects of disease. This may include investigating new treatments such as medicines, vaccines, dietary supplements and medical devices.
What has your career path been like to date? My career to date has alternated between science and medicine: I completed a degree in Biology from Oxford; a medical degree from St George’s Hospital Medical School and worked as a junior doctor before embarking on a PhD at UCL Institute of Neurology with Prof Sarah […]
It is both a challenging and exciting time to be investigating the relationship between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and dementia. A recent surge in attention around the topic is welcome but links with the milder-end of head injury in sport have to be treated with caution. A recent BBC documentary fronted by former footballer Alan […]
Earlier this year, we offered dementia researchers in the early stages of their career a chance to sit in on a meeting of our Grant Review Board. Dr Lauren Walker took the opportunity to find out more about how we make sure your donations support the most promising science. I am a researcher in the […]
Fighting dementia inspires my research There is more to being an effective dementia researcher than honed laboratory skills. New researchers need to pick up a host of skills in order to forge a successful career and have the greatest impact This month, dementia researchers in the initial stages of their careers are making their way […]
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” Richard Branson I heard about the Spires of Fire Guatemala Volcano Trek at the turn of 2017. Wow, I thought, what an amazing opportunity: Alzheimer’s Research UK’s first dedicated […]
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 […]
‘Big data’ might sound like jargon, but it’s a good label for what it describes: very large, often complex amounts of information.
Dr Ashwin Venkataraman is a Psychiatrist at Imperial College London, and an Alzheimer’s Research UK-funded Clinical Research Fellow. We caught up with him recently to find out more about his research into the potential links between alcohol abuse and Alzheimer’s disease. Name and job title Dr Ashwin Venkataraman, Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Research Fellow What […]
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 […]