Big initiatives

Funding research projects allows us to be agile and responsive to new developments in dementia research, but it is also important for us to see the bigger picture.

By identifying and targeting gaps in our knowledge and barriers to progress, we can ensure we’re tackling dementia in the most effective way and from every angle.

Through our big initiatives, we’re developing the infrastructure and expertise to be able to capitalise on the most promising science from around the world. We are unravelling the complex risk factors for dementia as well as investing in drug discovery programmes that give us the best chance of delivering effective new treatments for people with dementia.

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Stem Cell Research Centre

In 2014 we launched the Alzheimer’s Research UK Stem Cell Research Centre, a pioneering collaboration between researchers at the University of Cambridge and University College London which uses the latest human stem cell technology to understand the biology of Alzheimer’s disease and screen for new treatments.

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Drug discovery

Drug discovery

It’s incredible that advances in science and technology have halved the number of deaths by heart disease and doubled cancer survival rates, but despite this success the treatment options for people with dementia are still very limited.

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Clinical trials

To have the best chance of changing the outlook for people with dementia promising ideas must be driven through the development process and into clinical trials in people as quickly as possible.

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Prevention

Prevention

Research is showing us that dementia is caused by physical brain diseases with complex causes. While age is the biggest risk factor for many dementias, our genetics and our lifestyle also appear to play a role.

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