A free public meeting is being held in Southampton to tell people more about dementia and the progress being made in dementia research. The event, which takes place on Friday 25 May, is supported by Alzheimer’s Research UK and has been organised by scientists from the local research network in Southampton, Bournemouth and Brighton.
Alzheimer’s Research UK funds pioneering research to prevent, treat and cure dementia. It currently supports more than £18.5m of research across the UK; including almost half a million pounds of research in Southampton.
The event will allow members of the public to visit stands providing information on a wide range of topics in dementia, including early-onset dementia, taking part in clinical trials, brain donation, and health and social care. There will also be interactive stalls for people to learn more about the brain, what happens in dementia and the importance of dementia research.
Dr Delphine Boche, a dementia scientist at the University of Southampton, who is organising the event, said:
“We are really excited about this year’s event – there is so much going on. The interactive stands are a great opportunity for people to get involved and learn more about the research being done in the region. There will also be organisations there to offer information and answer questions about clinical trials and brain banks. We welcome anyone to come along, chat to us and find out more.”
Dr Laura Phipps, of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“There are more than 820,000 people in the UK living with dementia, including more than 2,000 people in Southampton alone. The research we support is funded solely by generous donations from the public and this is a really great opportunity for us to show our supporters the difference that research can make.”
The event will take place on Friday 25 May from 2.00-5.00pm at Solent University Conference Centre, 157 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7NN. No booking is required and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Delphine Boche on 02380 796107 or email email@example.com