Dementia researchers in Leeds to share findings with the public

Posted on 19th June 2018

Researchers in Leeds are inviting members of the public to a free public meeting being held on Thursday 28 June from 3:00-5:30pm. The meeting will involve talks from scientists at the forefront of research into dementia. The public event is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Yorkshire 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 over 8,000 in Leeds alone. The condition, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, affects people’s ability to remember, think, plan and communicate. The diseases that cause dementia get slowly worse until someone is unable to walk, talk or dress without help. 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 Dr Nathanial Milton from Leeds Beckett University, who will talk about his work looking for a biological fingerprint for dementia, and Dr Alys Griffiths, who will discuss involving people with dementia living in care homes in research studies. The event will culminate in a panel discussion about what the priority should be for dementia research.

Prof Annalena Venneri, Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Yorkshire Network, said:

“We are delighted to be hosting this public event, providing people with an opportunity to engage with dementia research happening across the region. With dementia affecting more people each year, these events help to open important conversations aiming to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding the condition.”

Robin Brisbourne, Communications Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK will be speaking at the meeting. He said:

“Dementia is the greatest medical challenge we currently face and the impact on families and friends can be devasting. This event is an opportunity to hear about research making a difference here in Leeds, to share experiences and 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 3:00-5:30pm on Thursday 28 June at Beech Grove Room,

University House, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT and refreshments will be available.

Attendance is free but booking is required. You can book online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alzheimers-research-uk-yorkshire-network-public-meeting-tickets-46611600552 or by calling the Alzheimer’s Research UK Supporter Care team on 0300 111 5 555.

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