Alzheimer’s Research UK has funded £437,000 of research into posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) and were one of the first charities to invest consistently in this important area of research.

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People diagnosed with PCA, and other types of dementia can take part in research studies. People living with dementia have a vital role to play in helping scientists understand more about diseases like Alzheimer's, and to test new treatments, therapies and methods of diagnosis. Find more information about taking part in research here.

You can register to find out which research studies you may be suitable to take part in via Join Dementia Research.

Alzheimer’s Research UK helped to fund the largest genetic study of PCA to date. The researchers found several genes that may influence a person’s risk of PCA, some of which had previously been linked to Alzheimer’s. You can’t be tested for these risk genes on the NHS because many only have a small effect on risk. However, their discovery is helping researchers understand more about why some people develop PCA.

We have now funded over £64 million of pioneering research to help advance the understanding of all types of dementia, discovering new ways to diagnose, prevent and treat the diseases that cause dementia.

Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we are challenging the way people think about dementia, and investing in research to make breakthroughs possible.

What is posterior cortical atrophy?

Find out more about the symptoms and causes of posterior cortical atrophy, and the treatments currently available.


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