Our research projects
Clinical trials are research experiments or observations; studies involving people that are designed to answer questions about biomedical or behavioural aspects of disease. This may include investigating new treatments such as medicines, vaccines, dietary supplements and medical devices.
The potential impact of your data is what gives it so much power. Your health data, and what you decide to do with it, can help our healthcare system provide the best care possible, not just for you, but for others as well.
Dementia isn’t rare. There are an estimated 47 million people in the world living with dementia and this number is going up all the time. It’s also not a disease. Dementia is a word we give to a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of different diseases that affect people in a variety of ways.
It is both a challenging and exciting time to be investigating the relationship between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and dementia. A recent surge in attention around the topic is welcome but links with the milder-end of head injury in sport have to be treated with caution.
At Alzheimer’s Research UK, we are celebrating what has been a busy, challenging and successful year. This has been particularly true for our policy and public affairs efforts as the past twelve months presented many opportunities for lawmakers to make dementia research a priority. With your help, we’ve gained ground. We’re taking a look back at the work we accomplished together in 2017.
When I heard about the chance to observe an Alzheimer’s Research UK Grant Review Board meeting, I thought it was an opportunity too good to pass up. I filled out the short application form and kept my fingers crossed that I would be selected!
This year has also seen dementia emerge as the UK’s leading cause of death, highlighting the scale of the challenge we face and underlining the need for more research. However, since last Christmas your support has funded a record 84 pioneering research projects, allowing more researchers to join the hunt for new ways to help people living with dementia.
The world of medical research publishing is totally unfamiliar to most people. There are thousands of medical research journals, many of them publishing studies that concern dementia.
‘Big data’ might sound like jargon, but it’s a good label for what it describes: very large, often complex amounts of information.
This week, the locations of the five other UK DRI centres were revealed, with the University of Cambridge, Cardiff University, University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and King’s College London all set to join the national institute alongside UCL.