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My family and Alzheimer’s: survivor’s guilt

I’m asking everyone to donate what they can to dementia research through Alzheimer’s Research UK, and join the dementia research register

How many people develop Alzheimer’s in their 30s?

This week we’re helping Rita Pepper speak out about how Alzheimer’s has affected her family.

What causes the symptoms of dementia?

If you ask most people about the symptoms of dementia, they’ll likely mention memory loss but not get much further than that. Of course for many people with dementia, memory loss is a hugely important early symptom, but it is far from the whole story.

A year in the life of Alzheimer’s Research UK

A look back over the year for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Christmas remembered

For many of us, a lot of our fondest memories are bound up with the holidays.

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.

Support us with Santa

We have been overwhelmed by the brilliant response we’ve had to our Christmas campaign, Santa Forgot. Thank you to everyone who has watched and shared the animation so far. We’ve been particularly touched by the messages from those of you who have been directly affected by dementia.

International Volunteer Day

This International Volunteer Day, we want to introduce you to James Hems. He is one of our valuable Alzheimer’s Research UK volunteers, helping us in our mission to make breakthroughs possible. We couldn’t power all our fantastic research without generous individuals all over the country who dedicate time to volunteering.

Scientist Focus: Prof Paul Brennan

Prof Paul Brennan is Head of Chemistry at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute.

In the news: What next for anti-amyloid Alzheimer’s drugs?

It’s been a long and agonising wait for clinical trial results to show whether a treatment called solanezumab could be the first new drug licenced for Alzheimer’s in over a decade. But today, hopes seem to have faded for the drug after it failed to meet its primary endpoint in another phase III clinical trial.

Mother, father and daughter sit at dining table playing cards.

Life with dementia: my family’s experience

Dementia leaves a person so reliant on so many other people that one person’s illness becomes the story of several others.

Santa Forgot and my family

But this year sees a new advert that’s got everyone talking and a lot of us shedding a tear. I’m talking, of course, about Alzheimer’s Research UK’s clever and poignant animated ad where we see Santa living with Alzheimer’s disease, as the world carries on around him and eventually starts to forget him.

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.

Misleading myths

Agnes B. Juhasz, author of the new book The Dementia Whisperer: Scenes from the frontline of caring draws on Agnes’s real-life experiences of dementia to help others understand dementia and to share Agnes’ insights into approaches to care.

Using digital technology to power research

We live in a unique time. With huge technological advances being made across the globe, it’s difficult today to think of any aspect of life that has been untouched by the digital revolution.

Keeping up the momentum

A key strand of activity for the charity is ensuring that dementia research has the support of the UK government.

Growing neurons in dishes…really!

So, get this. Rick and his team of annoyingly talented scientists are growing human brain cells, or neurons, in dishes. Yeah – you read it right – brain cells in dishes. There are hundreds of dishes of neurons being ‘fed’ and incubated 24/7 by some of these obscenely dedicated scientists.

Looking to the future

We should all take pride in the fact that the UK has become a world leader in dementia research in recent years, but at the same time we mustn’t grow complacent.

New research: What can our genes tell us about Alzheimer’s?

We know that around 99% of cases of Alzheimer’s are not directly inherited – they’re caused by a complex mix of age, genetic risk factors and lifestyle.

Making breakthroughs possible: a horse’s tale

Hello! My name’s Coda and I have been dancing circles for quite a few months now… something the humans call ‘dressage’. I like it because my riders, Dave and Ruth, seem very happy when they have a red ribbon to hold up. And also because I get yummy treats!

New report recommends plan for Government to accelerate access to new medicines at ‘crucial time’ for dementia

The recommendations of this review will be critical in addressing the challenges new dementia treatments are likely to face and will set the scene for access to new treatments for at least the next decade.

What can £20 do?

The only way to beat dementia is with research. The more we can find out about the condition, the more likely we are to be able to develop a treatment to help the millions of people affected by it.

Drug discovery and the pharmaceutical industry: collaborating for progress

Dementia is too big a challenge for one organisation to tackle alone. As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, we’re proud to be funding cutting-edge, innovative science, but we’re also continually working to encourage investment across the board.

Education, Education, Education

Part of our mission at Alzheimer’s Research UK is to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia.

An unexpected wave of grief

The other day when at a friend’s house, I offered to make coffee. Reaching for some mugs, I found one which read: ‘I love my mum’. And suddenly I was knocked off balance by a flood of emotion – an unexpected wave of grief.