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Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsFaye MonkEd Pinches

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
  • Emma O’Brien
  • Catherine McKeever.

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

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 […]






In the News: Blood, Brains and Bold investments

This week the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) announced a $50 million investment from Bill Gates. The investment is Gates’ first to accelerate progress toward disease-modifying treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. The DDF is a unique venture fund focused entirely on discovering and developing new drugs for dementia and was formed through the collaboration of leading pharmaceutical […]






Football and dementia

In his documentary programme Dementia, Football and Me, former footballer Alan Shearer investigates a potential link between playing football and the risk of a form of dementia related to head injuries. His documentary follows a small study we reported on earlier this year which pointed to the need for more research into an issue that […]






In the News – Proteins, Pedal Power and Promising results

Souvenaid, a milkshake-like drink made a splash in the papers this week as the results of the LipiDiDiet trial were announced. The story was covered by the BBC news online and numerous other news outlets. Souvenaid, which contains a special blend of essential fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients, showed mixed results in an early […]






Behind the headlines: could a nutrient drink slow down Alzheimer’s disease?

You may have seen stories in the media that a nutritional drink can slow down Alzheimer’s disease by reducing brain shrinkage and improving memory, but what is this drink and what is the science behind these claims? What is the nutritional drink? The drink is called Souvenaid, which contains a special blend of essential fatty […]






In the news – Dementia, Drugs, and Dolphins

Scientists in Scotland are investigating a potential prevention strategy for Alzheimer’s using light to stimulate brainwaves. The £50,000 research project in Strathclyde, Scotland, is part of £600,000 worth of new funding by Alzheimer’s Research UK in the country announced recently. The story was covered by the BBC. Read the full story on this fascinating project […]






Dementia books for children

You can now order free copies of our children’s books ‘Grandad’s Hat’ and ‘When Grandma Came to Stay’ via the ‘Information about dementia’ section of our materials and literature page. Princesses, monkeys and dragons We’re proud to tell you that our Dementia Explained website, which helps children and young people better understand dementia, has recently […]






The Blood and the Brain – where is the link?

Dementia affects many of us, with devastating effects on individuals, families and friends. While we currently lack effective treatments to prevent the condition, new research is constantly advancing and changing our understanding of the diseases which lead to it. Just last week we reported news of a study from the US reporting that women who […]






Five things you may not know about frontotemporal dementia

In awareness-raising messages about dementia, the spotlight typically rests on Alzheimer’s disease as the most common cause of dementia, helping people to learn more about the condition and working to break down the stigma that surrounds it. However, at Alzheimer’s Research UK, you’ll often see “the power to defeat dementia” next to our logo because […]