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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.


Our Director of Research reports back from the world’s largest dementia research conference

I joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in September 2020, in the midst of COVID restrictions, a burgeoning remote working culture, and a growing trend for virtual meetings and events. Last year I remotely joined the largest annual meeting of dementia researchers, the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), by way of their impressive virtual platform. I was…

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‘Our biggest year yet’: Your support means momentum towards lifechanging treatments continues to grow

Today we publish our 2021/22 Annual Report. Thanks to you, it tells the story of our biggest year yet.

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Diagnosing dementia: more data, please!

In a world where knowledge is power and data saves lives, the paucity of data for dementia in the UK is a longstanding problem. Isolde Radford explains why we need more data for dementia


Stepping inside a brain health clinic

Spending a day with scientists and research volunteers at the Oxford Brain Health Clinic, what does the future hold.

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Research misconduct is serious – but research into Alzheimer’s is still on track

Reports in the press this week have highlighted a case of potential scientific misconduct in Alzheimer’s studies. The allegations focus on an important protein known as amyloid – which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease – and on researchers in the US who claim to have discovered a particular sub-form of this protein. But as…

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Introducing our new Director of Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance Business Development

Prof John Davis has been appointed as the Director of Business Development at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance (DDA).

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No ordinary mid-life crisis

Shelle Luscombe is fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK after supporting both her parents following diagnoses of dementia.


What is the power in collaboration?

Working in partnership with other health charities on areas of shared priority can amplify and strengthen our voice. Policy Advisor, George Lankester, reflects on our work with the Charity Medicines Access Coalition.


The making of Dame Barbara Windsor’s Queen of Bingo dress

Award-winning costume designer, Vin Burnham, looks back at the making of Dame Barbara Windor’s iconic costumes, now up for auction in aid of dementia research.