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Cracking dementia: the challenge of our generation

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the world’s largest dedicated dementia research charity and we have a blueprint that will take us in the footsteps of HIV and cancer.

Epigenetics and its role in Alzheimer’s disease

One of the best ways to understand the genetics underlying Alzheimer’s disease is through large studies of epigenetics.

International Clinical Trials Day: The power of clinical research to find a cure

As International Clinical Trials Day conveniently falls in the middle of Dementia Awareness Week, it is the perfect opportunity to talk about how clinical trials are changing the future for dementia.

AXA employees choose Alzheimer’s Research UK as their charity partner

While it’s difficult to establish exactly why people voted the way they did, there were many stories shared by employees about the impact dementia has had on individuals, their families and friends.

Scientist Focus: Andy Randall

Prof Randall is interested in how nerve cells talk to each other and how that changes in dementia.

Were you mine?

I chose to write this poem as I think this is an important subject that should be addressed and that love can change in different circumstances.

The eyes have it – how eye movements are affected by posterior cortical atrophy

Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Fellow Tim Shakespeare explains how research into how eye movements are affected by posterior cortical atrophy (PCA).

Why a diabetes drug may offer potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

Clinical trials are crucial to understand whether a treatment could help people with Alzheimer’s disease. And that is exactly what scientists are now trying to do with Liraglutide.


Expert running tips from our marathon Q&A

We asked top running coach and expert Martin Yelling to host a Marathon Q&A with our #TeamARUK runners.

The orchestral brain

Dr Dervis Salih and researchers at University College London are using short sticky fragments of DNA to measure gene activity in dementia.

Scientist Focus: Anne Braae

We talked with University of Nottingham PhD student Anne Braae about her work and what inspired her to become a dementia researcher.

The power of dementia research

This month Emerald Publishing publishes a special issue of the Journal of Public Mental Health entitled “Dementia: a Public Health Priority”.

Older women looks at man sitting next to her, reading a booklet.

10 things we take for granted that people with dementia forget

Some of the things we take for granted that people with dementia might forget.

PageGroup celebrates Purple People Day

Hundreds of PageGroup staff across the UK donned purple outfits to raise hundreds of pounds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015 – Clinical Perspectives

It has now been a week since the hugely successful Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015 got underway. Hearing from clinicians who, on a daily basis, diagnose, treat, and talk with people who have dementia provided valuable context for the rest of the conference.

$100m global Dementia Discovery Fund

Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to be part of this unique and innovative initiative, a world first for dementia research.

World Health Organisation Ministerial Conference on Dementia

On 16 and 17 March 2015, the World Health Organization will be hosting their first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia.

Frontotemporal dementia

People with FTD typically experience changes in personality, emotions and decision making; all symptoms that can be confused for other conditions.

Vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease: common links

There is growing evidence linking vascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and we’ve heard this afternoon at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference about research that seeks to understand these links.

The latest research in detection and diagnosis

There has been lots of discussion, both within the popular press and the research community, about the importance of early detection and diagnosis of the diseases that cause dementia.

Diagram of a nerve cell with tau tangles and amyloid plaques.

Untangling tau in the brain

In several forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, frontotemporal dementia, corticobasal degeneration and progressive supranuclear palsy, tau starts to behave out of character.

My friends didn’t believe me when I told them I had Alzheimer’s disease

My friends didn’t believe me when I told them I had Alzheimer’s disease. At the age of 39, it just doesn’t make sense to people. I’m ex-army, I’ve travelled the world and I’m fighting fit – how can I have something like that? We still think of Alzheimer’s as a bit of forgetfulness as we get older. The truth is far worse.

The inflamed brain

While inflammation can protect the body, too much of a good thing can have its consequences.

Taking aim at amyloid

Amyloid has long been a key focus of Alzheimer’s research, but as today’s session showed, scientists are still discovering more about it all the time.

Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2015

The meeting is the largest dementia research conference in the UK and scientists from across our Research Network will be joined by international dementia experts; a global approach to this global medical challenge.