Alzheimer’s Research UK’s scientists
Alzheimer’s Research UK raises money so that we can fund the research of talented dementia scientists across the UK. Thanks to our hardworking and generous supporters, we have funded over £60 million of research in over 600 different research projects. In total, that’s over 12 million hours of research focused on understanding the diseases that cause dementia to help those who are affected. But what do all these researchers actually do with their time?
Here’s a video of Selina Wray as she goes about a typical day in her lab at University College London.
Our scientists come from a range of backgrounds and have lots of different interests outside of the lab. Find out more about some of our scientists here:
Abi is working at the University of Edinburgh to understand why the connections between brain cells are lost in Alzheimer’s disease.
Jay is a doctor and dementia researcher who is working on how the body’s self-defence mechanism, the immune system could be involved in dementia with Lewy bodies.
Hannah is studying how a sugar could be involved in Alzheimer’s disease. Find out more about Hannah and what makes her tick.
Anne works at the University of Nottingham and is looking into how our genes can affect our risk of Alzheimer’s disease. What one thing could Anne not live without?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do at school, but I’d always loved biology so I decided to go to the University of Manchester to study for a degree in the subject.
Hannah, PhD student in Liverpool
When I was a kid my “When I grow up I am going to be a…” statements changed as quickly as the weather. Librarian was up there for a while, horse riding teacher and for a while Doctor was top of the pile. I was always fascinated by how the brain works, and also by how it goes wrong in disease.
Abi, researcher in Edinburgh
There is still so much that we don’t know about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as a whole. There are so many questions that need to be answered but knowledge is power and knowledge is how we are going to fight this condition.