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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.

Is Alzheimer’s written in your genes?

This week dementia researchers from six continents, hundreds of research institutions and countless different backgrounds have made their way to Toronto for the world’s largest meeting of dementia researchers – the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2016.

My nanna: jellybeans, buses and jigsaws

Sean McGregor and his girlfriend Mia Rawlinson will be cycling the length of Britain this summer to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The Northumbria University students will be cycling nearly 1,200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, which will take over two and a half weeks. Here, Sean explains why they chose to support dementia research.

Brexit and a new Prime Minister – what now for dementia research?

It’s been a bumpy few weeks in UK politics, with the EU referendum result triggering a chain of events that started with the resignation of the Prime Minister, and has so far culminated in a new face at the helm of Government and a series of new Cabinet Ministers.

Epic Quest

Sea Hero Quest, the smartphone game Alzheimer’s Research UK helped to create in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, UCL and the University of East Anglia, has now sailed past a colossal 1.5 million downloads.

How to fundraise every single day

My name’s Chris Wright and since 1 January 2015, I’ve run at least 5km per day, every day, to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Keeping Mum

When Marianne’s mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she asked her to move in with her. Being a carer wasn’t always easy, but Marianne wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Our new Chief Scientific Officer

Dr David Reynolds joins Alzheimer’s Research UK in June as our new Chief Scientific Officer. What experience does David bring to the charity and how does he view the task ahead? We spoke to David as he takes up his new role.

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.

Our brilliant dads

All this week in the run up to Father’s Day we’ve be sharing our supporters’ pictures and memories of their dads.

Meet one of Britain’s youngest dementia carers

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be very difficult. Now imagine doing it from the age of 10. Clare Brien, now 19, shares her story.


Do you passionately believe in the power of research to change lives for good?

EU membership and dementia research

Alzheimer’s Research UK isn’t taking a stance in the referendum and recognise that there are many aspects of our relationship with the EU that voters will be considering.

A Walk Through Dementia

While our scientists have a battle on their hands finding new ways to fight the disease processes behind dementia, there’s another battle to win in moving the collective public understanding of dementia out of the dark ages.

Writing for research

It became obvious a few years ago that things weren’t right with my sister. There was the memory loss, the muddling up of people’s names, forgetting what she was about to do – things that afflict us all as we grow older. We laughed about it, I remember.

Race the Tide – How to prepare for hiking at night

Race the Tide is a tough 30 hour non-stop hike from Berwick to Lindisfarne island. “Non-stop” is the important word there – it means that we’ll be walking through the night in the depths of the Northumbrian darkness.

Diagram showing genes in nerves cells.

How many people develop dementia in their 30s?

In this blog, we’ll explore how common these genetic forms are and what role our genes play in non-genetic forms of Alzheimer’s.

A second chance

Because I didn’t fully understand dementia, I made a lot of mistakes with my nan and did some things I wish I hadn’t.

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.

The latest generation of dementia research

As Dementia Awareness Week approaches, BBC Horizon has thrown a spotlight onto dementia research with their latest programme featuring recent advances in the field.

AXA: one year on

What a year it’s been. I’ve been amazed at the number of ways AXA employees have come up with to raise money for ground-breaking dementia research.

Help defeat dementia using only your thumb

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.

A letter to Mum

I found a pile of your lists, Mum. They’re all from the same Christmas period. One list just states the presents and who they were for. Another details who they would be from (for when you wrote the gift tags), and where you were keeping them. A third list helped you keep track of which ones you’d wrapped.

Joining forces for the UK’s biggest endeavour in dementia research

Over the next 10 years, the charity will invest £50m into the UK Dementia Research Institute – becoming a founding partner in the Government-backed project, which will bring together hundreds of scientists in a dedicated effort to improve the lives of people with dementia.