The brain to be at the heart of city science festival

27 March 2018

This April, scientists in Edinburgh are inviting the public to join them at free events focussing on the brain and the latest advances in dementia research.

The events, supported by Alzheimer’s Research UK, Europe’s leading dementia research charity, form part of Edinburgh International Science Festival, an annual celebration of science in the city.

Alzheimer’s Research UK funds research into the causes of dementia, diagnosis, preventions and treatments. They currently fund more than £28m of dementia research across the UK, including over £1.5 million of pioneering science in Scotland.

Experimentarium: 21st Century Brain will give members of the public the chance to explore the brain, the most complex structure in the known universe, and find out how it is affected in dementia. With a range of hands-on activities, challenging brain games and virtual reality experiences this interactive exhibition brings brain science to life for people of all ages.

The event, will run daily from 9 -13 April between 11am – 4pm at the Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL. Admission to the festival is free, and there are a host of other drop-in activities and special events at the venue.

What Does the Future Hold for Dementia? is a discussion panel organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Scottish Research Network, a community of dementia researchers from universities across the country. It is a chance to hear from leading scientists, including Prof Tara Spires-Jones who will be talking about her work research into vital brain connections and how they are disrupted in Alzheimer’s disease. Also, on the panel will be Prof John Starr, Prof Craig Ritchie and Dr Tom Russ, all of whom will be sharing their views and insights into this disease.

Prof Tara Spires-Jones, whose work is funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Dementia is the greatest medical challenge of our time. Scotland is establishing itself as a leading player in dementia research and this event is a fantastic opportunity for people in the area to learn more about the huge strides researchers here are taking. With support from funders and from people living with dementia and their families, science will put an end to this devastating condition. Please come along to the event to ask questions about our research and share your ideas.”

The meeting will be held between on 14 April 2018 between 12:30pm – 2:00pm at Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF. The event is free to attend, but booking is required.

Dr Katy Stubbs from Alzheimer’s Research UK who be attending both events said:

“There are around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, with 70,000 in Scotland alone. Dementia touches the lives of millions of people, including many family members and friends working tirelessly behind the scenes to support a loved one with the condition.

“We know people have many questions about dementia and this event provides a great way to find answers, and a chance for people with personal experience of the condition to meet others who may be in a similar situation. Research is providing hope for the future, but it’s not just about scientists in labs. People with dementia and their carers also play a critical role in shaping research and this meeting is a fantastic opportunity to discuss experiences and exchange views. The events are open to anyone who would like to know more about dementia and the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

Both events are free and for more information please visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/meet-our-scientists.