Cambridge researchers to hold free public meeting on dementia

A free public meeting about dementia is being held at the Babraham Research Campus on Wednesday 10 September

Posted on 29th August 2014

Scientists based in Cambridge are holding a free public meeting about dementia on 10 September 2014. The meeting will take place at the Babraham Institute’s Conference Centre at the Babraham Research Campus and has been organised by researchers in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Cambridge Network. This event is a great opportunity to hear Cambridge-based scientists and clinicians discuss their work.

The event is free but booking is essential in order to access the campus. Transport arrangements can be made if requested. Please book at http://bit.ly/1wwtxnH or by contacting Claire Harwell on claire.harwell@babraham.ac.uk or call on 01223 496401.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity and has funded over £6 million worth of research projects in Cambridge. This funding gives researchers the opportunity to investigate the causes of dementia and find ways to help with development of potential treatments.

Speakers will include Dr Stephen Barclay, a clinical senior lecturer based in palliative care at the University of Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine who will be discussing end of life care for dementia patients. Also speaking will be Dr Tatyana Dias, a postdoctoral researcher at the Gurdon Institute, who will discuss her research using brain cells grown in the lab. The final talk will be given by Dr Keith Tan, senior director of the pharmaceutical company Medimmune about the best way to translate research findings into suitable treatments for dementia.

Dr Michael Coleman, Alzheimer’s Research UK Cambridge Network Co-ordinator and Research Group Leader at the Babraham Institute, said:

“We are delighted to be organising this important event at the Babraham Research Campus. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affect nearly 7,500 people in the Cambridgeshire area and this number is expected to rise. Cambridge has long been established as a world-class hub in dementia research and this is a fantastic opportunity for the public to hear what researchers and clinicians in Cambridge have achieved.”

Dr Simon Ridley, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“As an estimated 23 million people in the UK have a close family member of friend affected by dementia, it is vital that the public is kept informed about the steps dementia researchers are making towards defeating this devastating condition. As a fundraising charity, we rely on the generosity of the public to fund our research and it’s only right that we show people the progress being made.”

The free meeting runs from 4 – 6.00pm at the Babraham Institute’s Conference Centre, Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge CB22 3AT. Light refreshments will be provided.

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