Loughborough researchers to hold information day this Dementia Awareness Week

Posted on 17th May 2016

Loughborough University is holding a free public meeting on Saturday 21 May to discuss the latest dementia research findings and boost public understanding of the condition.

The free event, which will involve short talks and workshops, comes during Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May), a national initiative to highlight the impact of dementia and challenge misconceptions of the condition.

The day is being organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Midlands Network Centre, a community of researchers from universities across the region. Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, funding research into the causes of dementia, diagnosis, preventions and treatments. The charity funds more than £33m of dementia research across the UK, including pioneering work currently underway in the Midlands. 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.

Dementia experts from a range of backgrounds will be on hand for a day of dementia themed talks and activities, including exercise and cooking workshops, music and art based activities, and a Dementia Friends information session.

Prof Eef Hogervorst is the Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Midlands Research Network. She said:

“Dementia is perhaps the greatest medical challenge of our time. 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. I hope people will come along to find out more about this important topic and take part in the activities that we have lined up. There is a wealth of dementia research going on in Loughborough and there will be experts on hand throughout the day to answer questions about their work.”

Robin Brisbourne from Alzheimer’s Research UK, who will be speaking at the meeting, said:

“There are around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, including over 6000 in the East Midlands alone. As large as these numbers are, they don’t tell the whole story. Dementia doesn’t just affect individuals but touches the lives of countless families and communities. This event in Loughborough on Saturday is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the condition and hear about the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

The free meeting will take place between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 21 May at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU. Refreshments will be provided in the break. For any questions about the event please email ncsem-education@lboro.ac.uk.

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