Researcher Tool Kit

Resources to help research communications

FAQ on dementia

Our Media FAQ document offers example answers to questions you may be commonly asked by a member of the public. However, don’t feel that you need to learn it by heart. If you don’t know the answer to a question, the best thing to do is point them in the direction of their GP (for medical questions) or Alzheimer’s Research UK. We produce a range of free health information booklets and can answer any other questions relating to dementia.

If you are asked about the use of animals in research, we have produced a booklet called ‘Why research using animals can help defeat dementia’. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like hard copies of this leaflet.

Writing a good lay summary

We have produced a guide to help you write a good lay summary. These summaries are really important to help members of the public understand the research that their donations fund and how we as a charity are working to defeat dementia.

Guide to lab tours

If you are helping us by holding a lab tour, please read our short guide to make sure your event goes smoothly and is designed to suit the needs of those attending.

Information booklets

We produce a range of free information booklets about dementia, covering a range of topics and causes of dementia. We also have a range of fundraising booklets to help us promote our work and encourage others to support us.

If you are organising an event or would like to help us distribute our information, please get in touch and we will send you hard copies free of charge.

The Lab

We have created a virtual dementia lab called The Lab to help our supporters understand more about dementia research and the work we do. We hope you can use it to show others the type of work you do and how it fits in with wider efforts to defeat dementia. You can visit at


Alzheimer’s Research UK has produced several illustrations of concepts in dementia research. Please feel free to use them:
Genetic research
Inside the brain
MRI scans
PET scans

We also have a downloadable slide set with facts and stats you can use in presentations to the public.

If you would like any more information or support to help communicate your work, or have suggestions on how we can improve our support on science communications, get in touch by emailing Laura Phipps in the Science Communications Team.