Dementia researchers to share findings with public in Newcastle

09 April 2018

Scientists in Newcastle are inviting the public to a free event on Thursday 10 May, to hear more about current progress in dementia research.

The meeting will involve a series of talks from scientists at the forefront of research into the condition. The free event is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Newcastle Network Centre, which encompasses the Universities of Newcastle and Durham.

Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK, including over 34,000 in the North East. 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.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. They fund more than £31m of dementia research across the country, which is helping scientists to better understand the diseases that cause dementia and develop new diagnostics, preventions and treatments.

The event provides the opportunity to hear from local researchers who are working to understand the changes that take place in the brain in the diseases that cause dementia. The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Linda Wright will welcome everyone to the event, and Councillor Karen Kilgour, Cabinet member for Adult Care and Health at Newcastle City Council will be talking about living well with dementia in Newcastle.

Newcastle University has a strong focus on a lesser known form of dementia, called dementia with Lewy bodies. Dr Daniel Erskine will share his knowledge and insight into dementia with Lewy bodies, talking about his work looking at why some nerve cells in the brain are protected against the damaging effects of this form of dementia. Dr Paul Donaghy is an Old Age Psychiatrist who also researches dementia, and he will answer key questions about what we can understand about dementia from brain scans.

Prof Johannes Attems is the Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Newcastle Research Network. He said:

“Dementia is one of the greatest medical challenges we face as a society. This event is a fantastic opportunity for people to hear about the vital research taking place to find new ways to help people living with the condition. We are passionate about sharing our knowledge of this devastating condition and the progress being made to tackle it, and invite you to come along and ask as many questions as you have.”

Dr Katy Stubbs from Alzheimer’s Research UK will also be speaking, she said:

“There are around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Dementia touches the lives of millions of people, with many of us acting as informal carers and working tirelessly to support a loved one with the condition. This event in Newcastle is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the condition and hear more about the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

The free event is being held from 2:00pm – 4:30pm on Thursday 10 May at the Banqueting Hall, Newcastle Civic Centre Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 8QH, and refreshments will be provided. The event is free but registration is required. To confirm your place contact Sally Warburton on 0191 2081342 or [email protected]