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Questions children ask about dementia and how to answer them

Dementia isn’t a condition that just affects an individual, its impact is felt through whole families and across generations.

Dementia Explained – providing dementia information to children

This week Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a brand new website, ‘Dementia Explained’, designed to help children better understand dementia.

Treasured memories

Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease. I’ve watched my mum fade by the day and anything that may trigger a feeling or memory is worth a try. When I came across the memory blankets sold through Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Memory Store I didn’t hesitate in ordering one.

Dementia with Lewy bodies: what can the heart tell us about the head?

DLB is the third leading cause of dementia in the UK and around 100,000 people in this country are living with the disease. Yet, it is a form of dementia that many have not heard of, and fewer still understand.

Scientist Focus: Bettina Platt

Professor Bettina Platt is the Chair of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Aberdeen and a member of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Grants Review Board.

Ada Lovelace Day

There is no better time to focus on some of the amazing women tirelessly battling dementia through research.

Spotlight on frontotemporal dementia

Forgetfulness and confusion are often the first things that come to mind when we hear the word dementia. But what about a shift in personality or a lack of empathy?

Alzheimer’s Research UK and the launch of our Manifesto

Late September and early October saw the latest series of autumn party conferences, these are the first party conferences since the general election and, particularly in the case of the Labour Party, see a chance to review current positions and present a new approach for the next five years of parliament.

Dementia in the future: what’s in store for our children?

A new analysis has estimated that for every child born this year, one in three can be expected to develop dementia during their lifetime.

Scientist Focus: Lizzie Glennon

Dr Lizzie Glennon is an Alzheimer’s Research UK-funded scientist currently based at King’s College London, where she studies how proteins are transported around brain cells, and how this might go wrong in Alzheimer’s disease.

In the news: Could Alzheimer’s proteins be passed between people?

In the news today, we’re hearing about a UK research study that has suggested the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid, could have been passed between people in historic treatments with human-derived growth hormone in the 60s and 70s.

In the news: What is healthy ageing and how do we know we’re doing it?

To many people, healthy ageing is a combination of several factors – few health complaints and chronic conditions, being mentally and physically active, feeling positive and part of society, and having a good quality of life. But some people seem to be better at ageing well than others.

Scientist Focus: Fiona Marshall

Dr Fiona Marshall is a neuroscientist working on treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Dr Marshall also volunteers as an Alzheimer’s Research UK Trustee, lending her expertise and passion for dementia research to help support the work of the charity.

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How is blood flow linked to Alzheimer’s disease?

In dementia, we know that what is good for the heart is good for the head and that keeping blood vessels healthy can help protect the brain and lower dementia risk.

Dementia researchers are leaving no stone unturned in the hunt for new treatments

To tackle these diseases we need to see research into a range of therapeutic approaches, giving us the best chance of finding effective treatments sooner.

Dementia: it’s not all about Alzheimer’s or memory

It’s a common misconception that dementia is all about Alzheimer’s and that it’s all about memory loss.

Solanezumab: Is the first disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer’s on the horizon?

We’re hearing in the news that a new treatment designed to slow Alzheimer’s has shown benefit in one of the final stages of testing in people. So what’s going on?

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Why do some people get dementia and not others? 

But why do some people develop the diseases that causes dementia, while others are spared?

Is there a joined-up approach to solve the global issue of dementia?

The world’s largest dementia conference kicked off in Washington D.C. and we’re proud to be representing the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK on this international stage.

Study looking at immune system in dementia

This study is looking to find out whether the immune system is altered in dementia with Lewy bodies compared to Alzheimer’s disease and healthy volunteers.

Scientist Focus: Pablo Garcia Reitboeck

Earlier this year, Dr Pablo Garcia Reitboeck began a three-year Clinical Research Fellowship with Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The Dementia Consortium

The Dementia Consortium was set up to fund target validation – an important step on the road from laboratory to treatments in the clinic.

Scientist Focus: Abi Herrmann

Abi Herrmann is a postdoctoral researcher and neuroscientist at the University of Edinburgh.

A wake-up call about dementia can win this battle

Fast-forward to 2015 and it has transformed into the UK’s leading charity in dementia research powering the way ahead with world-class studies with the focus on finding preventions, new treatments and ultimately a cure for this devastating condition.

Inspiring a fightback

Our new awareness campaign kicks off with our television advert during the Britain’s Got Talent final on ITV1 this Sunday evening (31 May, around 8.40pm). It is seeking two important outcomes that our research has told us that we really need strive to achieve.