Meet our scientists

From lab tours to ‘ask the expert’ panel discussions, our researchers regularly hold open days and talk to the public.

Do you want to know more about dementia?
Newcastle Research Network public meeting

Date: 10 May 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Location: Banqueting Hall, Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 8QH

Come hear from local dementia researchers and put your questions to them about their science. Talks will be on a range of topics, such as why some nerve cells are damaged while others are spared in dementia with Lewy bodies, and how this could provide clues to new ways to treat the disease. You can also find out about different types of brain scan, and what they can tell us about what is happening in the brain in dementia.

There will also be free information for people to take away about dementia. Refreshments will be provided, and places are free. To register your place, please contact Sally Warburton by email ( or by calling 0191 208 1342.

Dementia: our greatest medical challenge on a microscopic scale
Pint of Science

Date: 16 May 2018
Time: 7pm – 9:30pm
Location: Voodoo Rooms, 19a West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA

Pint of Science gives you the chance to hear from leading scientists in the comfort of your local pub or bar! Come hear from two of our researchers based at The University of Edinburgh to hear about the brain and how it is affected in dementia.

Catarina Dias will discuss her PhD research into a protein called CHIP that could have the potential to be a dementia fighting hero. Senior Research Fellow Dr Jill Fowler will explore how changes to blood flow in the brain can result in damage to brain cells, and how this could be tackled by potential new treatments.

Tickets cost £4 and are available from the Pint of Science website.

Delve into dementia
Cheltenham Science Festival

Date: 5 – 10 June 2018
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: Discover Zone, Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA

Your brain is the most complex structure in the Universe, responsible for everything you think, feel, say and do. But what happens if it goes wrong? Join us in the Discover Zone at Cheltenham Science Festival as we explore this incredible organ and find out how it is affected in dementia, with a range of hands-on activities, virtual reality experiences and challenging brain games.

Admission is free to the Discover Zone, and you can find out more about other activities at the festival here.