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Behind the Headlines: A 20% drop in UK dementia incidence rates

The headlines today tell us that there has been a 20% drop in the dementia incidence rate for over-65s in the last two decades – in other words, that dementia risk across this population is lower now than it was in the early 1990s – and that that most of this change is a result of a lower incidence rate in men.

Why I’m Racing The Tide

There are so many cruel diseases out there, and they are all worthy of our support, but dementia does something really horrible – it takes away the essence of who a person is. It steals memories and the ability to make new ones, it forces carers to live with an often unknown version of the person they are caring for. And in the end it is fatal.

Race the Tide soundtrack

With training underway, we asked Team ARUK their favourite workout soundtrack.

Using computers to decode Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

It might sound like something from a science fiction movie but computers are telling us more and more about the human brain and how it works.

Scientist Focus: Dr Neil Oxtoby

Dr Neil Oxtoby from UCL (University College London) has just been awarded a little over £100,000 from Alzheimer’s Research UK and three other global international funders through an initiative called Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases (BAND).

Scientist Focus: Dr Rita Guerreiro

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Rita Guerreiro from University College London is the first ever winner of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Young Investigator of the Year Award.

The latest progress towards new dementia treatments

At the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2016 in Manchester this week we’ve been hearing about some of the latest emerging research from across the UK.

Taking a closer look at blood flow in the brain

Today, we heard from two researchers exploring the relationship between nerve cells and blood vessels – and what can go wrong in dementia.

What happens in the brain in dementia?

Not an easy question to answer, but researchers are moving closer to understanding what goes wrong with the circuitry of the brain in diseases like Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.

Supporting the next generation of dementia researchers

This week sees Manchester play host to the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2016.

Taking a stand in Westminster

Now, the message that dementia is caused by brain diseases and isn’t a normal part of aging is more and more in the public sphere. And the topic of dementia is finding the same kind of traction in the political arena too.

Walking 100k to raise £100k

This September 200 of our supporters will Race the Tide in a tough 30 hour non-stop hike through the Northumbrian countryside.

Looking back on a year of milestones

It’s been an amazing 12 months, a year that’s seen us put £12.5m – more than ever before – into our charitable activities. So we want to share with you some of the highlights of what we’ve been able to do, thanks to your support.

The Many Faces of Dementia – a free online course

Dr Tim Shakespeare, an Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Fellow at UCL (University College London) has led the creation of a new free online course called ‘The Many Faces of Dementia’ which will start in March. Tim describes why he created the course and what you’ll learn.

International Women in STEM day 2016

International Women in STEM day (11 Feb) is an international celebration of the work and achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Two years on from the G8 dementia summit – what progress has been made?

In December 2013 the UK government hosted the G8 dementia summit as part of its G8 presidency. So what has happened since then, and what progress has been made towards meeting the key aim to develop a cure or disease modifying therapy by 2025?

The future of dementia is orange

So our way of thinking differently about communicating dementia is to try to reduce a complex area down to a simple visual metaphor.

Race the Tide

All the anticipation has got the office team reminiscing about our favourite hikes and our toughest ones.

Online fundraising tips

Online fundraising pages are a great tool for raising money. Really small changes in the way you use them can make a HUGE difference to how much you raise.

New Year’s Resolution: Get involved in dementia research

It’s that time of year again where we all start to think about what we can do to be better people. I’ve gone for the classics; I’m going to start at the gym, sort my diet out, and sign up to help make breakthroughs possible!

Pogo sticks, trial results and ‘transmissible Alzheimer’s’ – top 10 headlines from 2015

It’s been a busy 12 months for the Alzheimer’s Research UK press team, with dementia seemingly never far from the headlines.

2015: Our research in numbers

We’re coming towards the end of another busy year here at Alzheimer’s Research UK. While 2016 looks to hold great promise in the search for new ways to improve the lives of people with dementia, we wanted to reflect on the progress we’ve made during 2015.

The Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance

Today, we’ve announced the drug discovery experts who will lead the Drug Discovery Alliance.

Scientist Focus: Dr John Davis

Dr John Davis is the new Chief Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute.

Scientist Focus: Prof Paul Whiting

As Chief Scientific Officer, Prof Paul Whiting will drive the progress of the Drug Discovery Institute.