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Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015 – Clinical Perspectives

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

It has now been a week since the hugely successful Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015 got underway. The two day event was a fantastic forum for dementia scientists to exchange ideas and launch collaborations. The very first session of the conference involved specialist dementia doctors giving an overview of the different diseases that cause dementia. […]

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Frontotemporal dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Yesterday we heard from researchers who study frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most common cause of dementia in people under the age of 65. The talks focused on the biological chain of events that leads to FTD. People with FTD typically experience changes in personality, emotions and decision making; all symptoms that can be confused […]

Vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease: common links

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

There is growing evidence linking vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and we’ve heard this afternoon at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference about research that seeks to understand these links. Vascular disease and Alzheimer’s have many risk factors in common, and we’re increasingly seeing that what’s good for the heart is good for the brain. It’s […]

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The latest research in detection and diagnosis

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

There has been lots of discussion, both within the popular press and the research community, about the importance of early detection and diagnosis of the diseases that cause dementia. While some question the merits of an early dementia diagnosis, as there are currently few effective treatment options, there are many ways that people can benefit […]

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Untangling tau in the brain

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This morning we heard fascinating talks from researchers working hard to understand more about the protein tau and its role in dementia. Tau normally acts as a molecular scaffold inside nerve cells, helping them to maintain order and structure and transport cargo along their long processes. In several forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal dementia, […]

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The inflamed brain

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This afternoon we heard about the role of inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation is the body’s defence mechanism; it responds to damage and infection to keep us healthy. When toxic proteins build-up in people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the brain fights back and launches an inflammatory response to keep the damage at […]

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Taking aim at amyloid

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

We’ve heard some very interesting talks already on this, the first day of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015. Before lunch I attended a lively session all about the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein amyloid. Amyloid has long been a key focus for a great deal of Alzheimer’s research, but as today’s session showed, scientists are still […]

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Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Welcome to the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015! We’ve gathered 450 dementia researchers together under one roof to share their findings, form collaborations and accelerate dementia research. The meeting is the largest dementia research conference in the UK and scientists from across our Research Network will be joined by international dementia experts; a global approach […]

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