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Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Science News Team helps to communicate the pioneering work of the charity. We promote the latest research findings from our scientists and comment on breaking dementia news stories from across the globe, helping you to put them into context. We produce health information booklets and work to raise awareness of dementia in the UK. Our aim is to help you understand more about the diseases that cause dementia and the progress being made in research. The team are:

  • Dr Laura Phipps
  • Robin Brisbourne
  • Claire Lucas
  • Dr Katy Stubbs
  • Ed Pinches.

Get the latest updates from AAIC 2014 on our blog, including audio clips from scientists taking part.

The Power of Big Data

It’s the hot topic, the subject dominating much of this month’s news. Data. Your data. How it is used, how it is stored, who gets to access it, and for what purpose. Earlier this month data was again the subject of conversation, this time among dementia researchers and experts in data science. They gathered in […]






Drug Discovery Alliance: An update on progress

This March saw 650 top dementia researchers attend the Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Conference. Delegates travelled from across the country and beyond to London to present their findings and gain insight into the cutting-edge science paving the way for new dementia treatments. A highlight of the conference, in which so much was covered, was a […]






Looking to the future for dementia with Lewy bodies

When the family of the late Robin Williams revealed that the actor had been living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), it threw a spotlight on a disease that many people had not heard of before. Alongside tributes to his huge talent, extraordinary career, and inspiring personal qualities; many news outlets reported how the comedy […]






Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2018

I did not expect to be part of something so big. As a new member of the team, last week’s Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference in London was the first time I’d been to this annual gathering of dementia researchers. It was also the charity’s largest conference yet. Over 600 delegates came together to present their […]






Why dementia doesn’t believe in gender parity

As we take time today to celebrate International Women’s Day and the incredible women who are helping to #pressforprogress in research and science, we must also reflect on a hard reality – women are a marginalised majority when it comes to dementia. Not only are women far more likely to end up as carers of […]






Pressing for Progress: Women in Dementia Research

Today is International Women’s Day (8 March), a global day celebrating the achievements of women who are helping to #pressforprogress. That includes the incredible female researchers helping to bring about the first life-changing treatments for dementia. In our 2015 report, we spoke of women as a ‘marginalised majority’, because, for women, dementia presents a ‘triple […]






Rare Disease Day

Today is Rare Disease Day – an initiative to raise awareness of diseases that are usually not well known and for which it can be particularly difficult for people to get the most appropriate diagnosis, treatment and care. Dementia isn’t rare. There are an estimated 47 million people in the world living with dementia and […]






Alcohol and dementia risk – what we know so far

You may have seen reports in today’s papers about a link between long-term alcohol misuse and risk of dementia. This study published in the Lancet found: That alcohol misuse is linked to an increased risk of dementia. That more than 57% of people who developed dementia before the age of 65 had at some point […]






In the News – Food, Frequencies, Pharma Funding

Untangling tau Last week we reported that Cambridge-based scientists provided new insights into a protein that plays a role in a number of progressive brain diseases. They found that in Alzheimer’s disease, the hallmark protein tau started to build up in nerve cells that were strongly connected and constantly communicating with each other. Whereas in […]






Scientist Focus: Maria Tortora

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 […]