Dementia researchers to share findings with public in Bristol

Posted on 14th June 2018

Researchers in Bristol are inviting members of the public to a free dementia information event on Tuesday 26 June from 6:30-9:00pm. The meeting will involve talks from scientists at the forefront of research into the condition and an opportunity for attendees to put their questions to the experts. The public event is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Bristol & Bath Network Centre, a community of dementia researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Bath and West of England.

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 7,000 in Bristol and Bath 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 worse over time, and impact more and more aspects of a person’s life. 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 Seth Love, a leading expert in the role the brain’s blood supply plays in dementia, who will talk about his work to improve the way vascular dementia can be diagnosed. Dr James Selwood, a psychiatrist and dementia researcher and Dr Niall Twomey, an engineer, will discuss their work using technology to detect the earliest signs of dementia and how this could aid diagnosis. Attendees will be able to put their questions to the researchers, and there will be free information to take away from the event.

Prof Seth Love, who will be speaking on the day, said:

“Dementia is the greatest medical challenge we currently face. Globally, the numbers of people living with dementia are set to increase from 50 million in 2018 to 152 million by 2050. These figures emphasise just how important current research progress is, to improve diagnosis and deliver life-changing treatments that are so urgently needed. This event is an opportunity to come and gain insight into research going on right now to try to improve of the lives of those affected by dementia, so please do come along to find out more.”

Dr Katy Stubbs from Alzheimer’s Research UK will be speaking at the meeting. She said:

“These public meetings help to create a forum for the general public, people with dementia and their carers, to exchange their own experiences and knowledge with leading researchers and clinicians. Dementia research is making huge strides here in Bristol, so come along and put your questions to the experts. 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 6:30-9:00pm on Tuesday 26 June at BAWA Health & Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Bristol, BS34 7RG and free parking and refreshments will be available.

Attendance is free but booking is required. You can book online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-power-to-defeat-dementia-new-research-and-how-to-get-involved-tickets-46192099814 or by emailing Julie Clayton (Julie.clayton@bristol.ac.uk), or by calling the Alzheimer’s Research UK Supporter Care team on 0300 111 5555.

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