Sir Terry Pratchett
In 2008, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s late Patron Sir Terry Pratchett triggered a societal shift in attitudes towards dementia. On stage at the charity’s annual research conference, Sir Terry delivered a uniquely witty and affecting announcement of his own dementia diagnosis.
In the interviews after the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, the most common question we were asked is “what did he mean to Alzheimer’s Research UK”? Terry was incredibly generous to us, he donated over $1 million to our research to help reveal the mysteries of his disease. He encouraged our scientists. He became our Patron. He was angry about his diagnosis, outraged that the condition was stealing his abilities and sense of self – he helped us campaign around the disparity in funding for dementia research.
Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Fellow Tim Shakespeare explains how research into how eye movements are affected by posterior cortical atrophy (PCA).
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