Free online meeting to learn about dementia research

15 June 2020

Dementia researchers are inviting the public to join a free online event on Friday 26 June, to hear about progress being made in dementia research. Topics will include the links between dementia and COVID-19 and its impact on research. The free online event is organised by members of the UEA Dementia Research Collaborative.

Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK.  The condition, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, affects people’s ability to remember, think, plan and communicate. While there are treatments that can help the symptoms, there is currently no way to slow or stop the diseases that cause dementia.

The free event will take place from 2pm to 4pm on Friday 26 June and those interested can email [email protected] for the meeting invite and any additional details they need.

The line-up will see Professor Claire Goodman, from the University of Hertfordshire discuss a national evaluation of dementia-friendly communities, while the University of East Anglia’s Dr Wendy Hardeman will talk about how supporting behaviour change can help healthier ageing.

The session is also an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions that really matter to them.

Michael HornbergerProf Michael Hornberger is the coordinator of the UEA Dementia Research Collaborative and will also be giving an update on COVID-19’s impact on dementia research. He said:
“This event offers an insight into the vital work carried out by dementia researchers here in Norwich and the latest on the links between COVID-19 and dementia. With the number of people living with dementia around the world set to increase to 152 million by 2025, research is our best hope of changing this future.

“We hope members of the public take the opportunity to find out about the life-changing research taking place here in Norwich, with a chance afterwards to put their questions to the experts.

“To let us know that you intend to join us and to get the meeting invite please email [email protected]

It will be recorded and edited for the scientists public-facing YouTube channel – if you have any questions or would not wish to be included in the video, please email [email protected].

Dr Claire Bromley from Alzheimer’s Research UK will be speaking at the meeting and said:
“People with dementia are being impacted severely by COVID-19 and as dementia affects more and more people across society, we want to provide opportunities for the public to hear about the pioneering research taking place around the UK.

“We know that research will bring about much needed breakthroughs in how we diagnose and treat dementia, and this is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn about the latest research from those at the forefront of this effort.

“We estimate Alzheimer’s Research UK could be facing a potential drop in income of up to 45% due to COVID-19, but we are committed to promoting science and determined to find answers to dementia, with our supporters’ help.”