Queen’s University Belfast to host free public meeting on dementia

Queen’s University Belfast is hosting a free public meeting about dementia on 27 May 2014

Posted on 15th May 2014

Queen’s University Belfast is hosting a free public meeting about dementia on 27 May 2014. The meeting will take place at the MAC in St Anne’s Square and has been organised by researchers in the Alzheimer’s Research UK Northern Ireland Research Network. The speakers include a scientist currently researching new diagnostic techniques for Alzheimer’s disease and a clinician who is experienced in working with people with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK funds world-class research with the mission to defeat dementia, and has supported over £640,000 worth of research projects in Northern Ireland. The meeting will give the general public the opportunity to listen to experts discuss the progress being made to improve the detection of the diseases that cause dementia, recent research developments and what to expect in the future. The meeting will also include the opportunity for the public to ask the expert panel any questions they may have.

Dr Brian Green, from the University, will give a short talk about the pioneering research he is leading to look for tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s in blood. He hopes that by comparing small changes in blood in people with the early stages of Alzheimer’s to those without the disease, his team could develop better detection techniques.

Prof Peter Passmore, who is involved in a number of clinical dementia research studies in the region, will give an overview of how far research has come and the questions that still remain to be answered.

Dr Brian Green said:

“We are pleased to be hosting this important event in the heart of Belfast. Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affect more than 15,000 people in Northern Ireland alone and this is a great opportunity to have any questions or concerns answered by experts.”

Laura Phipps, Science Communications Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Dementia is an extremely pressing concern for many people and their families, and with an ageing population, the number of people affected by the condition is expected to rise. This public meeting offers a chance for people to see exactly what research is being done on their doorstep to help us defeat dementia.”

The free meeting runs from 6.30pm – 8pm at the Factory on the 6th floor at the MAC in St Anne’s Square, Belfast. There is no need to book and refreshments will be provided. Further information can be found by contacting Michael Hills on 02890976514 or email m.hills@qub.ac.uk

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