Dementia researchers to share findings with public in Belfast

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By Alice Tuohy | Tuesday 29 May 2018

Scientists in Belfast are inviting members of the public to a free event on Tuesday 12 June from 5.15-8.30pm to hear more about current progress in dementia research. The meeting will involve talks from scientists at the forefront of research into the condition. The event is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Belfast and Northern Ireland Network Centre, a community of dementia 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. They fund more than £31m of dementia research across the UK. The funding is allowing scientists in the region to uncover more about causes of dementia and contribute to the global effort to put a stop to the heartbreak of the condition.

Speakers on the day include Dr Claire McEvoy, who will be discussing how diet can prevent or slow down dementia in her talk ‘Food for Thought’, and Dr Emma Cunningham will be speaking about how confusion after surgery may relate to dementia. There will be a chance for discussion at the end with the opportunity for guests to pose their questions to the experts to find out about the aspects that matter to them.

Dr Bernadette McGuinness, the Coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Belfast and Northern Ireland Research Network Centre, said:

“Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and there is a desperate need for effective new treatments. The brain is the final frontier of biological research, and this event is a fantastic opportunity for people to hear about the cutting-edge science taking place to tackle the diseases that cause dementia. The meeting will involve short talks from clinicians, care providers and researchers followed by the opportunity for those attending to ask questions or have their concerns addressed.”

Katy Stubbs from Alzheimer’s Research UK will also be speaking at the meeting. She said:

“We know people have many questions about dementia and this event provides a great way to find answers, as well as being a chance for people with personal experience of the condition to meet others who may be in a similar situation. Research is providing hope for the future, but it’s not just about scientists in labs. People with dementia and their carers play a critical role in shaping research and this is a fantastic opportunity for discussing experiences and exchanging views. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to know more about dementia and the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

The free event is being held from 5.15pm – 8:30pm on Tuesday 12 June at the Barnett Room, Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office, Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL

Refreshments will be provided with an arrival buffet available from 17.15pm.

Directions: The BHC Office is located on Corporation Square, Belfast. Limited car parking may be available on-street and in the BHC Office and Clarendon Dock car parks.

Contact: Michael Hills, tel: 02890975411 or email: or alternatively, register on the Eventbrite page:


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