Dementia researchers in Cardiff to share findings with the public

24 July 2018

Researchers in Cardiff are inviting members of the public to a free public meeting being held on Wednesday 1 August from 10:00-13:30. The meeting will involve talks from scientists at the forefront of research into dementia and offers the chance to visit a laboratory and put questions to the experts. The public event is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Wales Network Centre.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, funding research into the causes of dementia, diagnosis, preventions and treatments. They fund more than £31m of pioneering dementia research across the UK. The funding is allowing scientists in the region to uncover more about causes of dementia and contribute to the global effort to put a stop to the heartbreak of the condition.

Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK, including almost 4,000 in Cardiff alone. The condition, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, affects people’s ability to remember, think, plan and communicate. Sadly, while there are treatments that can help with the symptoms, there is currently no way to slow or stop the diseases that cause dementia.

Speakers on the day include Prof Julie Williams, a world-leading geneticist involved in the discovery of many dementia risk genes, and Dr Adele Pryce-Roberts, an Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Research Fellow, who is investigating the genetic risk factor APOE using cutting-edge stem cell technology. In addition, laboratory tours will be held during the day, allowing visitors to gain greater insight into the groundbreaking research taking place at Cardiff University.

Matthew Hill, Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Wales Network, said:

“We are excited to be hosting this public event, providing people with an opportunity to engage with dementia research happening here in Wales. With world-class scientists sharing the latest developments in local research it is a fantastic opportunity for the public to learn more about the developments happening on their doorstep. We are also holding laboratory tours, which provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of our scientists and their amazing work”

Dr Glyn Morris, Communications Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK will be speaking at the meeting. He said:

“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. Dementia research is making huge strides here in Cardiff, so come along and put your questions to the experts. Events provide an opportunity to ask the questions that matter to you. There will be free health information available to take away on the day, as well as a chance to find out how you can get involved in dementia research studies.”

The free event is being held from 10:00-13:30pm on Wednesday 1 August at Cardiff University,

Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Attendance is free but booking is required. You can register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/aruk-wales-2018-meeting-tickets-47806272849 or for any queries please contact [email protected] or call 02920 688042.