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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.

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UK health system must get ready for new Alzheimer’s treatments

Scientific breakthroughs are on the horizon but there are big challenges to overcome if people with dementia are to receive new treatments when they become available.

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All you need to know about brain scans and dementia

CT, MRI, fMRI, EEG and SPECT are all ways that doctors and scientists image the brain, but what do these letters mean, how do they work, and what do they show?

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United: Caring for our loved ones living with dementia

A new book – United – is a poignant glimpse at lives affected by dementia across the country. Each family story, while revolving around a common diagnosis, reveals the unique and affecting ways dementia unfolds.

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Why women are bearing more of the impact of dementia

As the leading cause of death for UK women since 2011, women are hit hard by dementia. We’re kick-starting a conversation about how to tackle the challenge.

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Head impacts and brain health: progress and potential

Head impacts and concussion in sport is increasingly being linked to the development of later life brain problems. What progress is being made in research?

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Amyloid: 30 years of a breakthrough theory

30 years ago Prof John Hardy set out the amyloid cascade hypothesis, giving the foundation for our current understanding of Alzheimer’s.

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Air pollution and brain health, is it all smoke and mirrors?

You may have read news stories about a link between air pollution and neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. But what’s the nature of this link?

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Capital gains! My epic London running challenge in honour of my mum

Fundraiser Melissa Williams who claims she ‘isn’t a runner but just enjoys running’ is taking on an endurance challenge with a difference. She is running 126km in London over three days in honour of her mum Wendy who is living with young onset Alzheimer’s.

Exeter dementia researchers take on 300km running challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Our open letter to the Prime Minister

We call on the government to convene a Dementia Medicines Taskforce to speed up the development of life-changing new dementia treatments.

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Becoming a mum has made me appreciate the love my mum has for me

Supporter Emily Allen explains how becoming a mum herself has made her appreciate the love her mum has for her even though she can no longer express it.

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6 highlights from the 2022 Alzheimer’s Research UK conference

The UK’s largest dementia research conference returns. Read about 6 highlights including Think Gut Health, diet and Scott Mitchell’s speech.

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My dad could see things despite being blind

Following the launch of animated film Another Presence, Ellen McIntosh shares her family’s experience of dementia with Lewy bodies and how hallucinations became part of everyday life for her dad who lived with the condition.

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Think Gut Health?

So how can the gut have far reaching effects on our body and health, and even affect processes in the brain?

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Making the case for treatments for agitation in people with Alzheimer’s disease

Treatments to slow down or prevent the diseases that cause dementia are crucial if we are to successfully tackle this major global health challenge, and Alzheimer’s Research UK is committed to fulfilling this ambition.

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A great start to 2022

Six reasons why we are optimistic about 2022, including research highlights, Think Brain Health and the upcoming research conference

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How quitting smoking could be the next step you take for better brain health

If you smoke and have thought about quitting, or you’re just interested in learning about the science behind smoking and dementia, this is the post for you.