Alzheimer’s Research UK has funded more than £17.4 million of pioneering research to help advance our understanding of dementia with Lewy bodies.
The research we are funding is looking at the alpha-synuclein protein and other proteins involved in the disease. This is building a clearer picture of why and how these proteins build up and affect the brain.
Our scientists are also working to develop new and innovative ways to detect DLB, and to identify targets for the development of new treatments.
Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress, and investing in research to make breakthroughs possible.
Dementia with Lewy bodies
Information in this booklet is for anyone who wants to know more about dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). This includes people living with DLB, their carers, families and friends.
Using stem cells and specialised chambers to unravel dementia
Researchers at the University of Manchester are using sophisticated chambers to monitor how toxic proteins spread in dementia and the complex relationship between brain cells and their blood supply.
Using data from brain donations to investigate the impact of multiple underlying causes of dementia
Use information from the Brains for Dementia Research Programme to find out which disease combinations lead to a more rapid decline of memory and thinking skills.
Using brain scans to investigate changes in the brain over time
Prof Nick Fox and Prof Jon Schott are studying brain scans to investigate changes in the brain over time in a longitudinal amyloid-PET/MRI study of the 1946 birth cohort.
Treating hearing loss in people at a high risk of dementia
Researchers at the University College London are developing a pilot trial to ensure people with hearing loss and mild cognitive dementia start and continue to use hearing aids. They will follow-up to evaluate its effectiveness in reducing the risk of dementia.
Targeting a key protein in Dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease
Researcher, Prof Jody Mason at the University of Bath will investigate the build-up of a key protein in the development of dementia with Lewy bodies.
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