Our Director of Research reports back from the world’s largest dementia research conference
I joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in September 2020, in the midst of COVID restrictions, a burgeoning remote working culture, and a growing trend for virtual meetings and events. Last year I remotely joined the largest annual meeting of dementia researchers, the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), by way of their impressive virtual platform. I was…
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Seven highlights from the world’s largest dementia research conference
This year, the world’s largest dementia research conference – the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) – went virtual. Here are our top seven highlights from the week!
6 highlights from the world’s largest dementia research conference
Conferences like AAIC are helping to bring about real breakthroughs and we were there to bring you the latest findings. Here are 6 interesting developments we learnt!
What do fizzy drinks and TV watching have to do with brain health?
Many studies are now looking at lifestyle factors in early adulthood and midlife, to see how they are related to brain health and dementia in later life.
Going beyond memory – the dementia that affects your vision
One of these other forms of dementia is posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), which is a rare subtype of Alzheimer’s disease.
Behind the headlines: can one in three dementia cases be prevented?
‘How can I prevent dementia?’ is one of the most common questions we hear at Alzheimer’s Research UK. And no wonder: without treatments to affect the underlying diseases, it’s natural for people to look for ways to stave off the condition. It’s also hugely important for government, as action to help people reduce their dementia risk should mean fewer people developing the condition in future.
Could your health data help power dementia research?
Prof Lovestone spoke about two projects where patients have agreed to share their medical records anonymously – allowing researchers to spot trends about how diseases like Alzheimer’s develop, or for example, what biological changes in the body might be used to help diagnose the disease earlier and more accurately.
The hunt for Alzheimer’s treatments – amyloid and beyond
In recent years, we’ve seen several trials of anti-amyloid drugs shelved after failing to benefit patients, so is it time to rethink the whole amyloid approach?
What do we know about head injury and dementia?
In recent months, there have been a number of reports in the media on the emerging link between blows to the head, contact sports and dementia. This week at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 we had the opportunity to hear from scientists to learn what research is going on.