Join us on Friday 10 November 2023 at the Royal College of Physicians and online!

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s annual Clinical Conference is an opportunity for clinicians to hear about the latest developments in clinical practice and progress in the dementia research field.

We were delighted to welcome more than 120 delegates in person and online in 2022,  and hope to see old and new faces again this year!

More information about this year’s event will be announced shortly. In the meantime, read our reflections from the 2022 Clinical Conference and enjoy watching a selection of last year’s presentations below!

Practical solutions for service improvement, with Prof Clare Mackay, Dr Jeremy Isaacs and Dr Chineze Ivenso

Improving services for people with dementia requires a holistic approach and for pathways to be in place to ensure that they receive appropriate and timely diagnosis and care. Focusing on key aspects within these pathways, such as earlier diagnosis and more consistent and comprehensive assessments, can improve outcomes for people living with dementia and their families.

In this session, Prof Clare Mackey discusses some of the approaches adopted by Brain Health Clinics, Dr Jeremy Isaacs covers quality improvement in dementia care with a focus on a network approach and Dr Chineze Ivenso talks about overcoming barriers to enable imaging technology in a mild cognitive impairment memory clinic.

You can also read about how changes in primary care could help to support earlier dementia diagnosis and help prepare systems for future treatments.

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What’s new in…? With Prof Nick Fox, Prof David Llewellyn and Dr Janice Ranson

In this session, our regular feature exploring advancements and innovations in dementia research, we hear about the potential of rapid MRI from Prof Nick Fox, and Prof David Llewellyn and Dr Janice Ranson discuss the use and potential of artificial intelligence algorithms for diagnosing dementia.

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Managing challenges in diagnosis, with Dr Ross Paterson & Dr John Baker

Diagnosis is one of the major challenges faced in clinical practice and dementia research, with late and misdiagnosis leading to delays in accessing the right care as well as opportunities to take part in research. Having the correct diagnosis will be critical to ensuring that people living with dementia can benefit from life-changing treatments when these become available.

Read more about the importance of early and accurate diagnosis, including our Dementia Diagnosis Explainer.

In this video, Dr Ross Paterson speaks about how cerebo-spinal fluid markers can be used in diagnosis and Dr John Baker discusses the challenges of multiple comorbidities.

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Tackling inequalities in a diverse dementia population, with Dr Charles Marshall & Dr Shahid Zaman

Some groups within our society are more heavily impacted by dementia, either through being more at risk of the diseases that cause dementia or because they are more likely to experience poorer health outcomes. Understanding more about these inequalities enables us to take steps to address them in clinical practice, public policy and research.

In the session recording below, Dr Charles Marshall discusses the role of ethnicity and deprivation, while Dr Shahid Zaman considers the key issues in dementia in Down’s Syndrome.

For another perspective on this theme, you can read our report The Impact of Dementia on Women, for whom dementia has been the leading cause of death since 2011.

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Embedding research into clinical practice, with Dr Vanessa Raymont, Dr Roy Jones, Dr Emer MacSweeney and our supporter Carli Pirie

In this session, we hear from clinicians who have successfully integrated research in their clinics and private trial facilities.

Through a Q&A with the audience, panel members discuss the challenges and solutions to including research in services and highlight some of the best practices used to achieve this. We also hear from our supporter Carli Pirie about her personal research journey after her mum was diagnosed with a rare genetic form of Alzheimer’s disease in her late 40s.

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Hear from our delegates

Now’s your chance to hear some personal highlights and ways in which delegates have benefitted from attending the Clinical Conference.

Prof Clare Mackay, Professor of Imaging Neuroscience, University of Oxford

“This conference brings together research-interested clinicians and non-clinical scientists who have an interest in translating their research for clinical benefit. I find this interface invaluable for bridging the gap between research laboratories and implementation in the ‘real world’ of NHS services.”

Dr Sofia Toniolo, Neurologist, University of Oxford 

“I was very impressed by the conference. High-quality talks, in an incredible environment.

Each speaker had their own personal take on the topics, which stimulated very lively discussions. After attending the conference, I’m more confident in telling my patients where the field is heading, and I’m looking forward to the next one.”

Dr Brady McFarlane, Old Age Psychiatrist, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

“Hearing the views of so many passionate and enthusiastic experts in the field made it an inspiring day which exceeded my expectations. I was able to take away valuable insights into how other services embed research into clinical pathways and the conference also helped my thinking around planning for future service design to allow for potential new biomarkers and disease modifying treatments.”