Meet our scientists

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

You can find out more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and hear the latest research in your area:

Brain Glue: Sticking it to dementia

Date: 28 February 2018
Time: 7:30pm start
Location: G11, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 6UD

In years gone by, scientists focused on nerve cells in the brain when trying to understand the diseases that cause dementia. Now, there is a growing understanding of other brain cells called glia, which previously were thought to simply be the glue that sicks other brain cells together. By studying these cells, researchers are revealing important insights into how the brain works and the role these cells play in diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.

Join Dr Mark Dallas as he explores the exciting advances being made in this area of research and how the power of glial cells could be harnessed in new dementia treatments. The event is free to attend, please register your place on the website.

Maps, monsters and mazes in the fight against dementia

Date: 12 March 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Department of Chemistry, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW

How can a game help to defeat dementia? Join us at Cambridge Science Festival and enter the nautical world of maps, mazes and monsters in Sea Hero Quest.

Nearly 3 million people have downloaded and played Sea Hero Quest, producing a vast amount of data for scientists studying human spatial navigation. This is allowing them to create a global benchmark of navigation ability and how it changes as we get older. With this knowledge, the team can study how navigational skills change early on in the course of dementia, in the hope of creating a sensitive new test that can help to diagnose people earlier and with greater accuracy.

Hear Dr Saber Sami give insights from the data and how the team has revealed key differences between nations and changes during ageing in navigational skills. Prof Michael Hornberger will discuss his work with Sea Hero Quest in the clinic and how the virtual reality version of the game could pave the way for new ways to diagnose dementia. There will also be the opportunity to try out Sea Hero Quest in virtual reality and put your questions to the experts on this groundbreaking project.

The event is free but pre-booking is required, please visit the website to get your tickets.

Molecules to memory: advances in dementia research
Cambridge Research Network public meeting

Date: 14 March 2018
Time: 4pm – 6pm

Location: Institute of Public Health, Forvie Site Robinson Way (Addenbrookes site), Cambridge, CB2 0SR

As part of Cambridge Science Festival, the Alzheimer’s Research UK Cambridge Research Centre is showcasing the cutting-edge dementia research taking place in the region.

Hear from world-leading experts about their research, from those using stem cells to grow mini brains in a dish, through to new technologies and approaches to diagnose dementia, and put your questions to them. There will also be free information for people to take away about dementia.

The event is free but pre-booking is required, please visit the website to get your tickets.

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

Date: 17 March 2018
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, OX3 9DU

Want to find out more about the cutting-edge dementia research taking places in Oxford and the surrounding area? The Oxford Research Network is holding a public events with talks from leading scientists studying dementia, and this is your opportunity to put questions to the experts.

Refreshments will be provided and parking is available (hospital charges apply). The event is free but pre-booking is required, please visit the website to book your place, or contact Melanie Witt by email ( or calling 01865 282358.

Reframe Dementia

Date: 15 – 18 March 2018
Time: 11am – 6pm
Location: gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH

Reframe Dementia takes one of our most feared health conditions and invites you to look at it from a different viewpoint. We’ve curated a multimedia art exhibition to explore the personal stories behind the condition and the research that is moving us towards life-changing dementia treatments.

Through portraits, music, virtual reality, tapestries, paintings, podcasts and stunning scientific images, the exhibition gives insights into how dementia touches people’s lives, showcasing the incredible work going on in labs up and down the country to defeat the condition. The exhibition sets out to be a starting point for conversations, opening up a dialogue around dementia and shifting societal attitudes to the condition.

The exhibition is being held at gallery@oxo in London, and admission is free.

Experimentarium: 21st Century Brain – Edinburgh International Science Festival

Date: 9 – 13 April 2018
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

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 at Edinburgh International 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 drop-in interactive activity area at Summerhall, and you can find out more about other activities at the festival here.

What does the future hold for dementia?
Scotland Research Network public meeting

Date: 14 April 2018
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Location: Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

How close are we to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease? Get an insight into the latest research working towards this goal in this session chaired by Prof Tara Spires-Jones at Edinburgh International Science Festival. She will be discussing her work looking at vital brain connections and how they are disrupted in Alzheimer’s disease. Join the discussion with guest panel Prof John Starr, Dr Tom Russ and Prof Craig Ritchie, all of whom will be sharing their views and studies into this disease. Submit your own questions ahead of the event by tweeting @cendemprevent

The event is free to attend, but booking is required. Please visit the website to book your tickets.

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.