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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 […]

World Health Organisation Ministerial Conference on Dementia

Dr Matthew Norton

On 16 and 17 March 2015, the World Health Organization will be hosting their first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia. Ministers from around the world, as well as experts from the research, clinical and NGO communities, will be invited to come together for the first time to discuss the global problems posed by […]

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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 […]

A powerful new look and a renewed commitment

Hilary Evans

Over the last year we’ve been talking to people with dementia and our supporters about the impact of dementia. A word we frequently heard from affected families was “powerlessness”. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias take so much from people, shattering lives. But at Alzheimer’s Research UK, we know that pioneering research is our best hope […]

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Dementia Forum 2015 report: a global call to action

Dr Matthew Norton

Today’s headlines feature a new report from the World Innovation Health Summit Dementia Forum 2015, which underlines the need for global action to tackle dementia. The report makes recommendations to help fight dementia – including steps to attract new investment for research – and outlines some of the obstacles that have hampered research so far. […]

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How do we fund research?

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, we receive requests for funding from researchers all over the country; last year we committed £7.6 million to pioneering dementia research. Project proposals range from unravelling the genetics of frontotemporal dementia in flies to taking a closer look at the human brain in Alzheimer’s with sophisticated scanners. As […]

Rules and regulations: removing hurdles in the race for a treatment

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

When we talk about speeding up drug development, the image that probably springs to mind is a lab full of scientists in white coats, working hard on the problem at hand. Most people won’t think of rows of MPs in the House of Commons, yet our politicians have a big part to play in the […]

Dementia research in 2014: looking back at our proudest achievements

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

This time of year is full of lists. Best album, five ways to use your Christmas turkey leftovers, 10 pictures of cats dressed as reindeer…. Hopefully you’ve got room for one more! 2014 has been a year of huge strides in research and we want to share some of these successes with you. Our researchers […]

An intern’s view

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

My time as an intern at Alzheimer’s Research UK has changed the way I view the organisation as well as others similar to it. I worked in a lab funded by Cancer Research UK for a couple of weeks last summer, so it’s been really interesting to be able to see the two organisations at […]

The Global Clinical Trials Fund: drugs and dummies

Dr Laura PhippsKirsty MaraisClaire LucasRobin BrisbourneKaty StubbsEd PinchesGlyn Morris

Today marks one year since the G8 Dementia Summit. The last year has been a whirlwind of new investment and exciting initiatives, both from Alzheimer’s Research UK and government, all with one aim: to bring us closer to a treatment for dementia. But we mustn’t lose momentum. Today, we are pleased to announce our newest […]