Alzheimer's Research UK


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With expertise in research, fundraising, policy and more, our staff are dedicated to defeating dementia.

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Dr Eric Karran, Director of Research

Eric joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2012 and has responsibility for high-level external representation of our charity as well as driving forward our research strategy. Eric has extensive dementia research experience gained from working in the pharmaceutical industry, holding senior positions in Neuroscience drug discovery research groups (most recently Chief Scientific Officer at Janssen Pharmaceuticals in Belgium), focusing on finding therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease. He has interacted widely with leading academic groups in the UK, Europe and the USA, as well as working with public funding agencies such as the MRC.  Eric is also Visiting Professor of Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Lincoln

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Hilary Evans, Director of External Affairs

Hilary joined Alzheimer's Research UK in 2013 and is responsible for all external communications, policy and strategy development. She works to help increase dementia research funding and improve the environment for dementia scientists in the UK and internationally, recognising the need for the UK dementia research field to make firm its position as a world research leader. Hilary has previously worked at Age UK and Age Concern England.

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Ian Wilson, Director of Fundraising

Ian was appointed Director of Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK in September 2013. Ian is responsible for securing the long term income for the UK's leading dementia research charity to ultimately help achieve its vision of a world free from dementia. Prior, Ian was the Head of Campaigns at Cancer Research UK with the responsibility for delivering funding towards a number of multi-million pound projects within the organisation. Ian joined Cancer Research UK in 2007 from the Royal Society of Arts where he worked alongside Government, Trusts & Foundations, and the RSA’s Fellowship to raise funding towards the Society’s various programmes.

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Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research

Simon joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in January 2009. As Head of Research he is responsible for the delivery of funding programmes. Simon follows new developments in dementia research and is a regular media spokesperson on research matters.

Simon has extensive experience as a researcher and has worked in industry. He studied biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin and obtained his PhD from Cambridge University.

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Miranda Johnson, Head of Corporate and Community Partnerships

Miranda joined Alzheimer's Research UK in 2010, moving from the corporate arena.

Miranda conveys her own passion for the importance of dementia research, engaging companies and individuals to partner with us, joining our imaginative and inspiring fundraising community of people and businesses committed to defeating dementia.

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Matthew Norton, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Dr Matthew Norton joined Alzheimer's Research UK as Head of Policy and Public Affairs in 2013 and leads on policy development and stakeholder engagement. He has a PhD in Social Policy and experience of supporting the design and running of bio-medical and clinical research for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Matthew has also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and prior to joining Alzheimer’s Research UK worked in policy and research for Age UK.

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Timothy Parry, Head of Communication

Tim has overseen the growth of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s communications, establishing its press office in 2008. The charity is now the leading voice on dementia science in the UK media thanks to its award-winning team. Tim’s role is responsible for ARUK’s media, health information and science communications functions, as well as its digital and social media work and branding. Tim has 13 years’ experience in PR and corporate communications across the public, corporate and voluntary sectors.

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