Dementia researchers to share findings with public in Southampton

10 January 2017

Scientists in Southampton are inviting the public to a free event on Wednesday 1 February, 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 event is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK South Coast Network Centre, a community of dementia researchers from universities across the South Coast.

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 £33m of dementia research across the UK, including pioneering work in Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Sussex. This funding is allowing scientists in the region to uncover more about the diseases that cause dementia and contribute to the global effort to put a stop to the heartbreak the condition brings.

Speakers on the day include Prof James Nicoll, who will discuss the latest thinking behind new treatments currently being tested in clinical trials, and from Prof Anna Barney, who will tell visitors about how a person’s speech could shed light on their dementia. During the course of the day, attendees will have the chance to participate in Scientific Cafés, where small groups can talk to experts about dementia, their research and get answers to their questions. There will also be information stalls with free information about dementia for those who want to find out more about the condition.

Dr Tracey Newman is the Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Research UK South Coast Research Network. She 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. There is a variety of research happening at universities across the South Coast and we hope many people come along to hear about advances researchers here are making. 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 at the meeting, she said:

“There are around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, with nearly 20,000 in Hampshire alone. Dementia touches the lives of thousands of people, with many of us acting as informal carers and working tirelessly to support a loved one with the condition. This event in Southampton 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 9am – 3:30pm on Wednesday 1 February in Garden Court, Building 40 at the University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please book your free place at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/living-with-dementia-2017-tickets-30132650569 or by contacting Katy Stubbs on 01223 824562 or email katy.stubbs@alzheimersresearchuk.org