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Posted on 24 Mar

“Being a mum to my daughters kept me going after losing the love of my life.”

This Mother’s Day, Liz Ayre will be treated to a luxury afternoon tea by her daughters Ciana, 21, and Chrissi, 19. To this close-knit family, Mother’s Day is very important. After losing the girls’ father, Mike Ayre, in 2013, they made a vow to make the most out of life and appreciate every second together. […]

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Posted on 22 Mar

Cardiff charity supports dementia scientists in city with £168k funding boost

The Cardiff-based Hodge Foundation has today announced a generous gift of £168,000 to Alzheimer’s Research UK to support pioneering dementia research at Cardiff University. Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading research charity, will use the funding to support scientists Dr Adele Pryce Roberts and Prof Lesley Jones to investigate a key genetic risk factor involved […]

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Posted on 22 Mar

New technique uses genetic score to estimate Alzheimer’s risk

PLOS Medicine: Genetic assessment of age-associated Alzheimer disease risk: Development and validation of a polygenic hazard score Researchers in the US have developed a new scoring system to indicate a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The technique involves analysing a number of different genes to assess an individual’s likelihood of developing the disease as they […]

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Posted on 16 Mar

Regular green tea drinking may protect against memory decline

J Nutr Health Aging: Tea consumption reduces the incidence of neurocognitive disorders: findings from the Singapore longitudinal aging study. Researchers at the University of Singapore have completed a study of almost 1,000 Chinese people over 55 and found a link between regular tea drinking and a lower risk of neurocognitive disorders. The findings are published […]

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Posted on 15 Mar

Alzheimer’s Research UK responds to ‘budget impact test’ for new treatments

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has reacted with concern after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved proposals to change the way cost-effective treatments are introduced on the NHS. As part of the changes, a new ‘budget impact test’ will be imposed after 1 April 2017. Under this […]

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Posted on 15 Mar

Common genetic changes linked to faster brain ageing

Cell Systems: Differential Aging Analysis in Human Cerebral Cortex Identifies Variants in TMEM106B and GRN that Regulate Aging Phenotypes US researchers have discovered that a small change in the DNA code of two genes is associated with a faster than normal rate of brain ageing. The findings help to inform research into the mechanisms behind […]

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Posted on 15 Mar

Manchester team tackles immune system in search for new dementia treatments

Day 2: Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2017, Aberdeen Dementia drug discovery efforts are underway at the University of Manchester, thanks to funding from a collaboration of leading charities and pharmaceutical companies. Working with drug development experts at MRC Technology, the team is targeting the immune system in a bid to halt nerve cell damage in […]

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Posted on 15 Mar

Oxford student takes to the stage at UK’s top dementia research conference

Over 400 of the country’s leading dementia researchers will hear from University of Oxford PhD student Anne Hedegaard today as she shares her latest findings at the UK’s largest annual gathering of dementia researchers. Anne will be talking about her experiences studying an important genetic component of Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference […]

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Posted on 15 Mar

Exeter scientist bags £25k prize at national dementia conference

University of Exeter researcher, Dr Katie Lunnon has won the Early Career Investigator of the Year Award at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2017. The prestigious prize celebrates excellence in dementia research and comes with £25k for Dr Lunnon to spend on her cutting-edge research in a field of biology called epigenetics. Our genes play […]

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Posted on 15 Mar

Southampton student shares findings at UK’s leading dementia research conference

Day 2: Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2017, Aberdeen Over 400 of the country’s leading dementia researchers will hear from University of Southampton PhD student Grace Hallinan today as she shares her findings at the UK’s largest gathering of dementia researchers. She will present her research into how a hallmark Alzheimer’s protein spreads through the brain […]

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