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Posted on 27 May

Charity champion Harry Gardner gets through to Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals

Harry Gardner, the talented student whose heartbreaking song about his nan went viral for Alzheimer’s Research UK last year, has got through to the live semi-final shows of Britain’s Got Talent and says he will do everything in his power to win for her. The decision to put Harry through to the live shows has […]

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Posted on 06 Jan

“It breaks my heart.” Family speak of anguish after mum-of-two is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at just 36

A mother has spoken of the agony of seeing her daughter become bedbound in a care home and unable to recognise her family because of a rare genetic form of Alzheimer’s she developed in her 30s. Rita Pepper, 61, has become the sole carer of her two grandchildren and is bringing them up while still […]

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Posted on 14 Jul

Talented schoolboy who released moving song made Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Talented Essex schoolboy Harry Gardner whose moving single made it to number one in the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart has been recognised for his fundraising efforts by Alzheimer’s Research UK. The 16-year-old penned ‘Not Alone – Song for Alzheimer’s’ in honour of his 76-year-old nan Maureen McGuinness who is living with dementia, after she failed to […]

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Posted on 11 Apr

ScotRail MD on track for marathon effort in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Phil Verster, Managing Director of ScotRail, will pull on his running shoes this month to tackle the Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Phil will be joined by his wife Carol for the 26.2-mile race on Sunday 24 April, with the pair spurred on by thoughts of family members who died […]

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Posted on 11 Apr

£388k for Bristol study linking Alzheimer’s and high blood pressure

Thanks to a £388k funding boost from Alzheimer’s Research UK, a team of researchers at the University of Bristol is embarking on a study to investigate the link between high blood pressure and dementia. Almost a third of men and women in the UK – around 16m people – have high blood pressure, and the […]

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Posted on 07 Mar

Manchester dementia scientists lead field at national conference on home turf

Researchers at the University of Manchester will take to the stage over the next three days to share their latest dementia research findings at the UK’s largest annual gathering of dementia scientists. The Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2016 is being held in Manchester and this year’s sold-out meeting is the largest in the charity’s history, […]

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Posted on 06 Mar

UK Government launches 2020 plan for dementia research, care and diagnosis

The UK Government has published its plans for tackling dementia over the next Parliament, with a blueprint that will see it aim to boost dementia diagnosis rates, encourage research and make the UK the most dementia friendly society in the world by 2020. The plan, published today (Sun 6 March), outlines a series of commitments […]

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Posted on 27 Feb

Re-formed World Dementia Council agrees priorities for improving research

The World Dementia Council, formed in the wake of the G8 dementia summit to help address the global dementia crisis, has welcomed new members and agreed priorities for action at a meeting in London this week. The re-formed Council, which was originally set up by the UK government, has now become an independent body tasked […]

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Posted on 24 Feb

People with dementia urged to consider volunteering for research studies

People affected by dementia, particularly those in the early stages of the condition, are being urged to consider volunteering for research, to help vital new studies get off the ground. The call comes exactly one year on from the launch of a groundbreaking new service – Join Dementia Research – which allows people with and […]

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Posted on 12 Feb

Cancer drug could halt build-up of toxic Alzheimer’s protein

Science Advances: An anti-cancer drug suppresses the primary nucleation reaction that produces the toxic Aβ42 aggregates linked with Alzheimer’s disease Researchers at the University of Cambridge have identified a cancer drug that could halt the build-up of amyloid – a toxic hallmark protein in Alzheimer’s disease. The research was carried out in nerve cells and […]

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