Dementia researchers cycle 500 miles from Norwich to Aberdeen for Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference

Mikes on Bikes ARUK
Mikes on Bikes ARUK

By Quang Tran | Wednesday 08 March 2023

Two dementia researchers will be cycling an epic four-day challenge from Norwich to Aberdeen to attend the Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference 2023 – the UK’s largest dementia research conference – on 14 March.

Michael Hornberger, Professor of Applied Dementia Research at the Norwich Medical School, and Michael Coleman, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, will be clocking approximately 125 miles each day to reach the conference on time.

The duo have called themselves ‘Mikes on Bikes’ and are raising funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity. They will set off from Norwich on 10th March, stopping overnight in Hull, Newcastle and Edinburgh on their way to Aberdeen.

Prof Michael Hornberger said: “I am delighted to be joined by a fellow Mike on a bike. Cycling 500 miles to the conference will be a great challenge for us both, and, considering our shared research interests, Alzheimer’s Research UK is a worthy charity to raise money for.

“I am also looking forward to sharing insights and ideas with other conference attendees about the latest dementia research to help enhance our understanding and treatment of dementia.”

Prof Michael Coleman said:
“I have always liked cycling, so when the chance to cycle to the research conference came up, I jumped at it. The March weather could be interesting, but the challenge will certainly be more fun as a pair. Cycling there will give us even more time to discuss ideas for dementia research!

“There is still so much work to do deliver real improvements to people’s day-to-day lives for those living with dementia and their loved ones. It’s compelling to think that, by working together, the research community will be able to bring about significant advances to deliver these enhancements.”


Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“The Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference provides a fantastic opportunity to gain insights from colleagues working across basic, translational and clinical dementia research.

“Both Michaels have supported the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK in many ways in the past, from mentoring early career researchers, reviewing grant applications, to developing a mobile game for dementia research.

“We wish them the best of luck with their cycling challenge and would like to thank them and all their supporters for their fantastic fundraising efforts. We look forward to hearing about their journey once they reach the conference.”

The hybrid Alzheimer’s Research UK’s conference will take place on Tuesday 14 March and Wednesday 15 March 2023, both in person at the P&J Live in Aberdeen and online to increase the accessibility of the event.

The conference will also feature an early career researchers’ event to nurture and provide networking opportunities for the next generation of dementia researchers.

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To find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK and the 2023 Conference, please visit

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