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Battle of the Brains

Want some ideas for fundraising for dementia research? Alzheimer’s Research UK staff recently held a Battle of the Brains quiz, here’s how we got on.

My family and dementia

Campaigner Beth Britton’s father had dementia for nearly 20 years whilst she was a teenager, and how his family worked to understand the condition and how it affected him.

Leaf of a Gingko Biloba tree

Behind the headlines: Ginkgo biloba for Alzheimer’s

Does Ginkgo biloba relieve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s? We look at the gathered the evidence of 36 clinical trials from around the world and their results.

Why is dementia research the elephant in the room?

Up until now, there has been little mention of dementia research in the wider social care debate. Why is dementia research the elephant in the room?

A dementia lifeline

Filmmaker and Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion, Lee Pearse talks about his Mum’s dementia and how it spurred him on to set up the Valerie Foundation.

Neurodegeneration – a common cure?

Reports are emerging of a potential new compound that could hold benefits for a range of neurodegenerative disorders. Let’s take a look behind the headlines

Always – Raising funds for dementia research

Rupert Stroud talks about his family experience of dementia, and how it influence him to write the song ‘Always’ and campaign for research. competition – The winner is…

Find out the results of the recent and #pratchettblog competition to win a signed, limited edition Sir Terry Pratchett Discworld Kindle case.

Joining the fight against dementia

It has become very apparent to me that this is an organisation that is going places and I have immediately seen a complete and wholehearted desire to make an even greater impact on the fight to defeat dementia.

Hog roast and a Harley

Carolyn Causton talks us through the part of the job she loves, getting out and talking to people. And she hears some amazing stories along the way.

A man with Down's Syndrome, looking at the camera. A women sits next to him outside a house, with her arm around him.

Down’s syndrome and dementia: what’s the link?

It often comes as a surprise to people that there’s a link between Down’s syndrome and dementia. But more than 60% of people with Down’s syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia – before the age of 60. With our help, scientists are unravelling why.

Ladder couples – working together as a pair

Dr Trisha Macnair looks at how couples rely on each other if one is affected by dementia, and how society should adapt to understand both their needs

Peculiar Pedal Power

I commute to the Alzheimer’s Research UK office on my Brompton, a small but perfectly formed example of British engineering. I have inventively named him Brom. Brom and I rarely stray from our route to work but this August we went a little wild and took part in the World Brompton Championships at Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Is this fundraising call genuine?

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s top ten tips for checking a telephone fundraising call is genuine.

Nicky Clark – Always Elizabeth

Blogger and campaigner Nicky Clark writes for Alzheimer’s Research UK about her mother Elizabeth and her experiences of Alzheimer’s disease.

When is a failed clinical trial not a failure?

The latest results from the Elan dementia trials have proved one of the more interesting dementia research stories of the summer.

World Alzheimer’s Day: How you can make a difference in research

This World Alzheimer’s Day, as well as launching our blog, we’re encouraging everyone to take an active interest in dementia research.

Sir Terry Pratchett – Dementia Blog, what’s the point of it all?

The internet is a dumping ground and finding words of any worth in the flotsam and jetsam can be a chore. In spite of this, Alzheimer’s Research UK – a charity of which I’ve been patron since 2008 – believes more words in the form of a new dementia blog might tempt people away from cat videos long enough to read something of substance. Are they right?

Are dementia rates falling?

Dr Fiona Matthews announced findings from the UK-based multicentre study at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2013 in Boston this July, showing that the estimated number of people with dementia in the UK should be lowered from previous predictions.

When Alzheimer’s steals your sight

The visual symptoms aren’t caused by damage to the eyes, instead people with PCA have damage to areas at the back of the brain called the parietal and occipital lobes.

Battling for dementia research

In recent years, awareness of the disease has risen to new levels – but as ever, there are still improvements to be made.

Right drug, right patient, right time

This month we’ll be at the political party conferences urging all parties to continue to back dementia research. With no new drugs since 2003, and those in existence only showing modest efficacy, we desperately need new treatments that can delay the onset, slow the progression and manage the symptoms of dementia.

Dementia – a laughing matter

Less amusing are the jokes I’ve experienced throughout my five years working at Alzheimer’s Research UK with dementia used as a punch line.

Alzheimer’s disease and the cocktail party effect

Alzheimer’s disease is mostly thought of as a memory problem. But as many who deal with the disease know, this isn’t the only problem people experience.


Can I really cycle 450km across Vietnam?

I’ve never really taken part in a challenge for charity before; to be honest I’m not one to indulge in strenuous exercise much either. But recently I found myself signing up to do a 450km cycle challenge across Vietnam for Alzheimer’s Research UK and am about to embark on a journey that will test and push some emotional, mental and physical boundaries.