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Scientist Focus: Fiona Marshall

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Dr Fiona Marshall is a neuroscientist working on treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Dr Marshall also volunteers as an Alzheimer’s Research UK Trustee, lending her expertise and passion for dementia research to help support the work of the charity. Name and job title Dr Fiona Marshall, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Heptares […]

Is there a joined-up approach to solve the global issue of dementia?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

You often ask us whether dementia researchers across the world talk to each other. Do researchers in the US talk to scientists in the UK? Do they share findings and resources? How do we know we’re not spending money on research in the UK that is already being done somewhere else in the world? These […]

Epigenetics and its role in Alzheimer’s disease

Ally Matthews

One of the best ways to understand the genetics underlying Alzheimer’s disease is through large DNA studies. These studies are known as genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and involve analysing the genetic make-up of people with and without Alzheimer’s or other causes of dementia, in great detail. GWAS studies have ‘flagged up’ different versions of certain […]

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International Clinical Trials Day: The power of clinical research to find a cure

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

As International Clinical Trials Day conveniently falls in the middle of Dementia Awareness Week, it is the perfect opportunity to talk about how clinical trials are changing the future for dementia. Dementia doesn’t discriminate between age, ethnicity or wealth, and there are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. With no new treatments […]

Scientist Focus: Andy Randall

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

While visiting the South West Research Network Centre, I took the chance to chat to Prof Andy Randall, Grant Review Board member, in his lab at the University of Exeter. Prof Randall is interested in how nerve cells talk to each other and how that changes in dementia. Have you always worked in dementia research? […]

The eyes have it – how eye movements are affected by posterior cortical atrophy

Tim Shakespeare

Many different systems and structures come together to give us a rich visual experience of the world around us. One structure is the eye, providing a clear visual input. Another is the understanding of that visual signal by the brain, which interprets information from the eye to give us a perception of what and where […]

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The orchestral brain

Dr Dervis Salih

Imagine an orchestra playing a complex and beautiful symphony. And now imagine there are 25,000 musicians in the orchestra. This is one way to picture how our genes work together to control the function of our brains. Mammals have around 25,000 genes, and so this takes some coordination. In people with Alzheimer’s, and other causes […]

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The power of dementia research

Beth Edgar

Every four seconds someone, somewhere in the world, is diagnosed with dementia and there is a greater need for more research to help people affected, along with their friends, family and carers. As our population ages, our awareness of the challenge posed by dementia is increasing. There is growing understanding that at some point everyone […]

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Scientist Focus: Hannah Clarke

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

We spoke to Hannah Clarke, a second year PhD student at the University of Liverpool, about her work and why she got involved in dementia research. What does your project focus on? All of the cells in our body have a sugar coating; chains of sugar molecules decorate the cell surface and have a huge […]