The Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference always has an exciting line up of speakers covering a wide range of topics.

Scientific programme committee

The programme committee has been formed by researchers from the Alzheimer’s Research UK Scotland and North Network Centres.

Dr Chris Henstridge (University of Dundee) - Chair

Dr Fiona Kerr (Edinburgh Napier University) - Co-chair

Prof Mike Ashford (University of Dundee)

Prof Johannes Attems (Newcastle University)

Dr Paul Chazot (Durham University)

Dr Gayle Doherty (University of St Andrews)

Dr Paul Donaghy (Newcastle University)

Dr Jill Fowler (The University of Edinburgh)

Dr Zara Franklin (University of Aberdeen)

Dr Riona McArdle (Newcastle University)

Prof Bettina Platt (University of Aberdeen)

Prof Gernot Riedel (University of Aberdeen)

Dr Szu-Han Wang (The University of Edinburgh)

Scientific programme

Below are the themes and confirmed speakers of the scientific sessions of the  Conference. More speakers will be confirmed soon.

Dementia Risk Factors: From Mechanisms to Management

  • Dr Louise Kelly (University of Southampton)
  • Prof Willie Stewart (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Brian Allman (Western University)

Levelling The Field: A Panel Discussion on Inclusivity and Research Culture

  • Dr Dayne Beccano-Kelly (Cardiff University)
  • Prof Tara Spires-Jones (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Tomi Akingbade (Black Women in Science)

Microglia In Dementia: Friend or Foe?

  • Prof Marco Prinz (Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg Germany)
  • Dr Amy Lloyd (University of Dundee)

Biomarkers: From Fluid to Function

  • Dr Marta del Campo (Barcelona Brain Research Centre)
  • Prof Michael Scholl (University of Gothenburg)

Scottish Research Showcase

  • Dr Claire Durrant (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Louis Dwomoh (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr Fiona McLean (University of Dundee)
  • Dr Zara Franklin (University of Aberdeen)
  • Dr Juan Varela (University of St. Andrews)

Debate On the Utility of Current Dementia Models

  • Dr Frances Wiseman (UK DRI Programme Leader for Animal Models & Group Leader)
  • Prof Julie Williams (UK DRI at Cardiff University)
  • Dr Steven Quinn (University of York)
  • Dr Jemeen Sreedharan (King’s College London)

Clinical Trials: Design and Implementation

  • Dr Suvankar Pal (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Cath Mummery (University College London)

Convergent Mechanisms Across Dementias

  • Dr Pietro Fratta (University College London)
  • Dr Jill Fowler (The University of Edinburgh)
  • Prof Chris Miller (King’s College London)

A detailed programme will be released closer to the Conference.

Networking Dinner

Alongside the scientific programme, we hope you can join us for our Networking Dinner with your fellow Conference attendees at the fabulous Sandman Signature Hotel in central Aberdeen on the evening of Tuesday 14 March. Food, some drinks and entertainment will be included in the ticket price with more details to be confirmed. Ticket price is £42 (excl. VAT) but please note that spaces are limited, and you can only attend this if you purchase an in-person ticket for the conference.

Previous programmes

Here are the scientific session topics for the previous ARUK Conferences.


Links between psychiatric diseases and dementia 
Neuron-glial interactions and neuroinflammation 
Common mechanisms in neurodegeneration 
Biomarkers, diagnostic tools and digital technology 
Beyond the brain (Gut-brain axis in neurodegenerative disease) 
Preventable and metabolic factors influencing dementia 
Synaptic and network dysfunction


Novel therapies and clinical implications
Panel discussion – clinical trials
Early detection of neurodegenerative diseases
Viral infection and dementia
Other dementia/tauopathies
Neurosensory aspect of Dementia

2020 (Cancelled)


Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Discussion panel - benefits & challenges of early diagnosis
Energy metabolism, ageing and neurodegeneration
Genetics and epigenetics
Vascular dementia
Modelling of disease


The UK Dementia Research Institute
Synaptic dysfunction and dementia
New routes linking the presenilins with dementia
Energy metabolism, ageing and neurodegeneration
Insights from other dementias and diseases
Tau and neurodegeneration
Novel drugs and drug targets for dementia