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The government’s ‘Major Conditions Strategy’ must deliver for people with dementia

The government’s new ‘Major Conditions Strategy’ – albeit light on detail and fanfare – signals a new direction for people with dementia and their families. Our Director of Policy & Public Affairs explains what we want this strategy to deliver.

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Introducing the Check-in, a tool for better brain health

Our Chief Executive Hilary Evans-Newton explains why we’re optimistic that the new Think Brain Health Check-in will help thousands take small steps towards better brain health.

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Kirsty Gallacher: I’ve checked-in on my brain health, now it’s your turn

Having seen the impact of dementia on her grandfather, TV and radio presenter Kirsty Gallacher is on a mission to get people to check in on their brain health and help reduce their risk of dementia. 

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Understanding your barriers to brain healthy habits – and how to overcome them

Building new habits is a journey and obstacles are to be expected. Samuel Salzer explains how we can overcome them.


6 top tips for setting brain healthy habits that stick

Ready to set a new brain healthy habit? Read behavioural scientist Samuel Salzer’s top tips.

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Why keeping connected is so important – and where to start

Most of us know that keeping connected is important for our emotional health. But research tells us that social connections can help keep our brains healthy too.

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What should we eat for a healthy brain?

Prof Anne Marie Minihane explores how what we eat impacts our brains – and discusses her team’s research to find more answers.

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Solving a 30-year mystery – how an important Alzheimer’s risk gene affects our brain

Lots of factors affect a person’s risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, the number one cause of dementia. It’s a complex mix of lifestyle, health and age, but our genetic makeup plays a particularly important role in determining whether we will get Alzheimer’s.


How does our mental wellbeing affect our brain health?

Much of my research looks at how mental health and brain health are connected – but first, let’s explore how these two things are different.

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5 things that might surprise you about brain health

We live in an age where information has never been easier to find, or harder to trust. When it comes to brain health, separating fact from fiction isn’t always easy – so let’s examine some common myths and put the record straight.


“It’s hard not to see it as anything other than momentous” – our CEO reflects on a year of progress

It’s been a difficult year for so many of us, with a fraught economic climate, political uncertainty, and highs and lows of all sorts – not least the temperature. And in the aftermath of the pandemic, continued pressure on the NHS and social care have made life incredibly tough, particularly for many people affected by…

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New Alzheimer’s treatment, lecanemab, makes the headlines: what’s next?

December 2022 saw the release of clinical trial results investigating a potential new Alzheimer’s treatment called lecanemab – the first drug that slows down the physical progression of the disease, and also symptom progression. We have compiled your most commonly asked questions and some answers about this historic news

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Celebrating the progress made by Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance

Alzheimer’s Research UK held an event to celebrate the tremendous progress made by the Drug Discovery Alliance since it first began.


Air pollution and brain health: Government can’t afford to drag its feet any longer

As individuals, there’s little we can do about the air we breathe, so it’s vital the UK Government lead from the front in reducing air pollution and the resulting harm to our brain health.

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Septuagenarians Swim English Channel

The One Foot in the Wave 2 Team become the oldest standard relay of 6 people to swim the English Channel, raising vital funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.


Why Colin is running the Cambridge Half Marathon in an orange morph suit

Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter Colin Neilson shares what has motivated him to run his fourth half marathon in Cambridge next year.

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Early career researchers visit the Alzheimer’s Research UK head office for Connect Day 2022

As individuals, there’s little we can do about the air we breathe, so it’s vital the UK Government lead from the front in reducing air pollution and the resulting harm to our brain health.

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Clinical Conference 2022: Sitting on the cusp of a new era in dementia diagnosis and treatment

We bring you highlights from our 2022 Clinical Conference, exploring how innovations in dementia research can be integrated into everyday clinical practice.


How a 76-year-long study has allowed a better understanding of brain health and dementia risk

Researchers at University College London (UCL) are studying a unique group of volunteers to find out how lifelong factors affect brain health


How can Rishi Sunak’s new government help deliver life-changing treatments for dementia?

Together, Rishi Sunak and Steve Barclay, as Prime Minister and Health Secretary, have both the opportunity and the responsibility to deliver on the government’s existing commitments. This will go far in helping to end the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

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Leaving a lasting legacy for dementia research. Philip and Judy’s story

Philip & Judy Small both left behind incredible legacies for dementia research. Philip helped to develop the revolutionary MRI scanner. And after he sadly passed away with Alzheimer’s disease, his wife Judy generously supported Alzheimer’s Research UK with a gift in her Will.

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You may have heard fish is good for brain health- but what’s the evidence?

In our latest blog, we explore research looking at our diet and whether eating foods like fish can reduce our risk of dementia.

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Alzheimer’s Research UK Ambassador Scott Mitchell details life with Dame Barbara Windsor in new book

‘I’m so glad you had the life you did, Barbara. I’m sorry you can’t remember, but my God, what a life! You haven’t wasted a minute of it…’  Scott Mitchell In December 2020, while the world was gripped with news of an imminent third lockdown, Alzheimer’s Research UK Ambassador Scott Mitchell was visiting the care…

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Candice Brown shares three healthy recipes for your brain health

Challenge your brain with a healthy recipe to chew over, created by Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter and Great British Bake Off winner, Candice Brown.

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Iceland backs brain health

Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland Foods and Alzheimer’s Research UK Ambassador, writes about a collaboration with Alzheimer’s Research UK to promote brain health this World Alzheimer’s Month.