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Can we predict how dementia will progress following a diagnosis?

When someone receives a diagnosis of dementia, little is known about how their condition will progress and affect that individual over time. This is because dementia affects every person differently, with a number of factors influencing progression such as having other health conditions, our level of cognitive reserve and whether a person takes medications to treat other conditions.

Six take homes from the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference

The onset of spring means not only lighter and longer days but also the annual Alzheimer’s Research UK Research Conference.
Although we couldn’t meet in person this year, our team worked hard to recreate the event virtually and bring together dementia researchers from all around the world.

Setting brain healthy habits this spring

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, talks to us about taking on a new challenge this spring, following the birth of her second child.

Celebrating Early Career Researchers

The 2021 Early Career Researcher Day demonstrates Alzheimer’s Research UK is at the forefront of dementia research allowing scientists to connect and learn from each other.

Could your smartwatch hold clues to early Alzheimer’s disease?

More than a quarter of us own and use a wearable device. But what if some of the data they’re collecting could help scientists identify who was in the very early stages of a disease like Alzheimer’s, even before symptoms show?

The risk gene riddle

It turns out that risk genes are a really important piece of the puzzle that helps us build our understanding of how a disease progresses.

“Small steps can make a difference”

Last year Gill Livingston, professor of psychiatry of older people at UCL, led researchers from around the world on a landmark report on dementia prevention. In this post, Gill discusses her hopes for the nation’s brain health beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your brain health questions answered

There are so many sources of information at our fingertips and new stories in the media each week claiming that different activities or foods can either cause or cure dementia. It can be difficult to know what information to pay attention to.

Celebrating the impact of dementia research volunteers

Despite delays in recruitment to face-to-face dementia research studies, volunteer enrolment onto studies hosted by Join Dementia Research is at an all-time high since the service launched in 2015.

How large DNA banks help us to make breakthroughs possible

Alzheimer’s Research UK recently awarded a £96,000 grant to Prof Kevin Morgan at the University of Nottingham to maintain and expand his large collection of DNA samples. This is to ensure he can continue his important research into the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease.

Welcome Prof James Rowe

Prof James Rowe has joined Alzheimer’s Research UK as the Chair of our forthcoming Strategic Advisory Board.

Getting dementia research back on track

Prof Katie Lunnon, the new Chair of our Grant Review Board, explains why we are urgently prioritising funding for early career dementia researchers.

Dementia – a diagnosis without blame, shame or guilt

Sometimes it feels like almost everything we do, eat and drink can affect our risk of developing a disease. The list feels endless and sometimes overwhelming. And dementia is no different.

So, we’ve answered the most common questions we get about risk!

Dementia with Lewy bodies explained

The recent release of the documentary ‘Robin’s Wish’ shows that dementia can affect people in many ways. Sometimes more physically than the memory and thinking changes many often associate with dementia. One type that affects people differently is dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), a condition that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams lived with for many years.

It’s time we started thinking brain health

Like so many families, Suzi Perry’s has felt the sadness and guilt that dementia causes. That’s why she’s supporting this movement to do all we can protect our brain health.

Why brain health matters: a neurologist’s view

Now is a better time than ever to think about our brain health.

Four global research highlights from 2020

It won’t come as a surprise that 2020 was a challenging year for dementia research.
But scientists have been working hard to overcome the challenges, and are continuing to make discoveries that will ultimately mean more lives free from the impact of dementia.

‘Nobody is not a self, nobody is an object’ Nicci Gerrard, ‘What Dementia Teaches Us About Love’

Seeing the heartbreak and damage dementia wreaks on a family created a desire to change people’s perceptions after the disease. That’s why I’m very excited to partner with Alzheimer’s Research UK to release the film, driving awareness and attention towards their fantastic work.

What are the long-term effects of a head injury?

From traffic accidents to collision sports, millions of people experience head injuries every year. Dr Neil Graham’s latest blog explores the long-term consequences of a head injury and the changes that may lead to an increased risk of dementia.

Christmas shopping online? Support Alzheimer’s Research UK at the same time!

We know Christmas shopping isn’t going to be the same this year. And with more and more of us shopping online, we wanted to let you know that many of your favourite online shops allow you to donate to Alzheimer’s Research UK at no extra cost to you!

Doctors call for new ways of approaching early changes to memory and thinking

Alzheimer’s Research UK has spearheaded a new review, calling for a fresh focus on how problems with early memory and thinking should be recognised, diagnosed, and treated

Frontotemporal dementia and COVID-19 – insights from the hospital

Kayleigh Watts, from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has worked with people with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. She reflects on the impact of COVID-19 on those with FTD, in a piece originally written for the Psychologist Magazine.

What does this year’s Nobel Prize mean for dementia research?

With your support, our scientists are looking closely at how DNA changes contribute to the diseases that cause dementia.

Remember Me?

We were proud to partner with actress and broadcaster Shobna Gulati as she released her memoir Remember Me? just ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day in September. Shobna invited us to include an afterword to her book, which she has kindly allowed us to reproduce in full here.

Why I’m running the Virgin Money London Marathon for dementia research

I’m a consultant at Mattioli Woods, a corporate partner of Alzheimer’s Research UK, and this October, I’ll be running the London Marathon to raise funds for groundbreaking research. Well, virtually anyway!