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The Mighty Quiz

With just a couple of weeks to go until the big day we are delighted to see keen quizzers up and down the country getting ready to host their own Mighty Quiz for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Shazam – and the everyday disruption of memory loss

We’re fortunate enough to be working with InnOcean and Shazam on a small awareness-raising project launched yesterday.

The Dementia Challenge five years on

UK dementia scientists punched above their weight in terms of research output, and Alzheimer’s Research UK – backed by our dedicated supporters – was striving to provide the resources needed to make a breakthrough. But a problem this big required a national response, and the political will to tackle it head-on. The Dementia Challenge was a game-changer.

NHS England’s budget impact test: what it means for dementia

From this month, new measures will come into force that will change the way new treatments are introduced on the NHS in England. You may have seen media reports about the change, and heard that a number of organisations, including Alzheimer’s Research UK, have raised concerns about the measure. So what exactly is happening – and what might it mean for people with dementia?

Global collaborations: Advising the development of a new Public-Private Partnership in Japan

I have recently returned from Japan, where the Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), working with Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) of the Japanese Government invited me to travel to Tokyo – funded by the Japanese Government – to talk to them about my experiences of helping to lead a UK dementia charity with a global outlook.

Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend. A lovely celebration to show our love for our often under-appreciated mums and everything they’ve done for us over the past year. It’s a lovely concept and needed in a society where the work mums do is often under-valued.

Right patient, right treatment, right time

Our brains are highly complex organs, housed in the protection of the skull and behind a defence from the rest of the body called the blood brain barrier. These defences present a challenge not only to doctors trying to make a diagnosis, but also to scientists trying to understand and treat these diseases.

Scientist Focus: Katie Lunnon

University of Exeter researcher, Dr Katie Lunnon has won the Early Career Investigator of the Year Award at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2017. The prestigious prize celebrates excellence in dementia research and comes with £25k for Dr Lunnon to spend on her cutting-edge research.

An exciting time for dementia research

With the release of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s new report ‘Keeping pace: progress in dementia research capacity’, and all of the incredible progress it details regarding dementia research, I wanted to reflect on how exciting it is to be a dementia researcher in 2017.

Is dementia research keeping pace?

For too long, dementia research has been playing catch-up. The devastating impact of the condition is well-documented: more than 850,000 people are now living with dementia across the UK and for those affected, it is life-shattering. Research is the only way to change this, and that’s why we’re delighted to publish new figures today that reveal a significant milestone for dementia research, one that could not have been achieved without your support.

Welcome to Aberdeen

Ali, who is an Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion, knows all too well the effect dementia can have on a family. She sadly lost her dad to Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. We found out more.

Another year, another marathon

Last spring, Michelle White pulled on her trainers, donned her running vest and took on the London Marathon. She raised an incredible sum of over £4,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, having seen the devastating impact of dementia in her family. Despite the pain and exhaustion, she’s signed up to do it again in 2017. We found out why…

Scientist Focus: Dr Tara Spires-Jones

Dr Tara Spires-Jones is based at the University of Edinburgh, where she studies the connections between nerve cells in the brain to understand how they become disrupted in Alzheimer’s disease.

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.

MP Daniel Zeichner visits Alzheimer’s Research UK

Protecting dementia research in a post-Brexit Britain with Daniel Zeichner MP

Why we made The Trouble with Dad…

The reason is that when we started this film I wanted to show another side of dementia – a different version of it.

My parents’ love story

Mum and Dad first met in the mid-1960s in London when he worked for the Post Office. Mum went in to buy some stamps and thought Dad had short changed her.

Terry Pratchett wearing a black jacket, shirt and hat, leaning on a fence in a field.

Sir Terry Pratchett: A watershed moment for dementia

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.

Thank you for powering a record year for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Thanks to a 24% increase in our income in 2015/16, we were able to plough £17.9m into our charitable activities, including £14.8m into world-class dementia research: more than ever before.

Sir Terry Pratchett: The fantasy author’s legacy to dementia research

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.

Over-65s to be given better advice about dementia at NHS Health Checks

Alzheimer’s Research UK has joined forces with Public Health England and Alzheimer’s Society to dispel these myths and ensure that dementia is part of the conversation when over-65s go for their NHS Health Check in England.

Behind the big dementia headlines of 2016: are we getting closer to a cure?

As we embark on a new year of dementia research, let’s take a look back to see how 2016 got us talking about dementia.

The VeloVeni

A group of friends and colleagues cycled 1,000 miles across 10 countries in 10 days to reach the romantic city of Venice in Italy. The group braved snow-capped mountains, rolling hills and vertical climbs, raising over £30,000 for charity. Jack Newton, one of the riders, speaks about the gruelling challenge.

It’s not all about the nerve cells

The human brain is a complex structure made up of different types of cells. You have probably heard scientists talk about nerve cells or brain cells. These are the cells that are lost in Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are a similar number of other cell types within the brain, called glial cells. Glial, comes for the Greek word for glue; as these cells were originally believed to hold the nerve cells together.

David Cameron becomes our president

Dementia steals people’s lives, turns their relationships upside down, destroys their hopes and dreams. We owe it to them, their families and their carers to find a solution. That is why I launched the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge in 2012. And that is why today I am joining Alzheimer’s Research UK as the charity’s President, so that I can continue the work I began in government focusing on this life-shattering illness.