Our research projects
Using big data to solve a big problem
‘Big data’ might sound like jargon, but it’s a good label for what it describes: very large, often complex amounts of information.
Exciting new phase in the UK Dementia Research Institute
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.
How do we decide which studies to fund?
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.
UK’s biggest dementia research endeavour starts to take shape
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.
People power unlocks the secrets of human spatial navigation
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.
Scientist Focus: Dr Elena Di Daniel
Dr Elena Di Daniel who is Head of Biology at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute (DDI).
Who is most at risk of dementia?
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 – a wolf in sheep’s clothing in Alzheimer’s?
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.
An update on our research
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.
Exploring the unknown; the first 6 months of my PhD in an Alzheimer’s disease research lab
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.