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. […]
Fourteen years on the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference returns to Oxford Preparations for the 2014 scientific conference in Oxford are well under way. It’s now eight months since the successful Belfast Conference, where we managed to avoid the snow with over 200 delegates attending this lively and interesting event. There was lots of positive feedback […]
Alzheimer’s Research UK is launching an exciting new initiative to bridge the gap between new knowledge about the causes of dementia and the discovery of new treatments. Alzheimer’s Research UK has just announced that it is looking to establish and fund a new initiative called the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Institute. We are inviting […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.