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Why do some people get dementia and not others? 

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

As the number of people living with dementia grows, so does public awareness of the condition. According to a YouGov poll, dementia is now the most feared condition in over 55s in the UK. But why do some people develop the diseases that causes dementia, while others are spared? Yesterday, researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association […]

TREM2: Where are we now?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Yesterday, Dr Rita Guerreiro was awarded the great honour of European Researcher of the Year, fighting off stiff competition from dementia researchers across the continent. This fantastic achievement recognised her groundbreaking discovery in 2012; variations in the DNA code of a gene involved in immune system regulation, called TREM2, can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s […]

Reducing the risk of dementia: A new, but growing, evidence base

Dr Matthew Norton

Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to have recently joined the UK Health Forum (UKHF) and taken part in the annual general meeting this week. The UKHF is a centre of expertise, working with and through its members to contribute to the prevention of the avoidable non-communicable diseases, including dementia. The fact that we were asked […]

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Detox, Diet and Dementia

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This is a cross Blog post with The Huffington Post UK. It’s that time of year again. We’ve overindulged and now feel slightly guilty about it. Well I do anyway. So our thoughts turn to healthy eating – something we’re constantly told is good for us and can help lower our risk of a whole […]

Down’s syndrome and dementia: what’s the link?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

It often comes as a surprise to people that there’s a link between Down’s syndrome and dementia. But more than 60% of people with Down’s syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia – before the age of 60. With our help, scientists are unravelling why. Genetic duplication in Down’s syndrome The […]

Are dementia rates falling?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s most recent study of dementia prevalence estimated around 820,000 people in the UK to be living with dementia, with that figure expected to rise dramatically. But researchers at the University of Cambridge have been re-evaluating these estimates, revealing intriguing and potentially important changes in dementia rates over the last few decades. Dr […]