Our research projects
We always make sure we have ‘lay’ people present who have had personal experience of dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion Fred Walker has attended the last three Grant Review Board meetings as a lay person.
Today we’re proud to share with you the news that world-renowned Belgian scientist Prof Bart De Strooper will take the helm of the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), a multi-centre national Institute being created to transform the landscape of dementia research in this country.
In May, we worked with Deutsche Telekom and researchers at University College London (UCL) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) to launch Sea Hero Quest. This fun game got you sailing through sunkissed tropical seas and memorising maps of stormy shores – all in the name of research.
Dr Elena Di Daniel who is Head of Biology at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute (DDI).
Dementia is the most feared diagnosis in the over 55s in the UK, affecting around 850,000 people across the country. You often ask us why some people develop the condition and others don’t, and whether it’s possible to predict who will go on to get dementia.
The immune system is always on the look-out for new problems to deal with, but research is suggesting it may do more harm than good in Alzheimer’s.
It’s a fast-moving and ambitious time for dementia research, with lots of new projects getting underway. Here is just a snapshot of what’s been happening during May.
I’m currently studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester, taking a closer look at a protein called tau – a key hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
When we were approached by telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom with an idea around developing a game to encourage phone users around the world to get involved in research, it felt like an innovative bit of thinking that attracted us.