Lab Notes is our series of online engagement events where you can find out about the life-changing dementia research taking place across the UK.

These regular events will give you the chance to delve deeper into our work. You’ll hear about a different topic at each event, with the chance to put your questions to the scientists in our live Q&A.

Upcoming events

Gender, diet and brain health

When: Thursday 10 February 2022
What time: 2-3pm GMT
Where: Online (Zoom webinar) 

In this free online event, hear our researchers discuss their work into different factors relating to brain health and dementia risk. You will have a chance to hear from Richard Merrick from University of Cambridge, and Prof Anne-Marie Minihane from University East Anglia. Understanding what contributes to developing dementia is an important piece of the research puzzle.

Factors such as our biological sex and gender are thought to be linked with dementia risk, as more women than men are living with dementia. Richard Merrick will discuss his research using large long-term population studies, which aims to shed light on this link. Studies also indicate that lifestyle factors have an important link to our brain health. Prof Anne-Marie Minihane’s research looks at the impact of certain foods and the Mediterranean diet on brain health, and she will share key insights from her work.

As well as talking about their research, Richard and Anne-Marie will answer your questions during the Q&A session.

The event will take place on Zoom, and is free to attend. It is open to everyone, and no previous knowledge of dementia or research is required.

This event will be recorded and made available to watch on demand for those who can’t join us live.


R Merrick photo cropped

Richard is a PhD student in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge, and training to be a Consultant in Public Health. He works with Prof Carol Brayne on the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (CFAS), a long running population study of the distribution and causes of dementia. Richard’s research explores the connections between gender and dementia, and what this might mean for research and policy.


Prof Anne-Marie Minihane is a Professor of Nutrigenetics at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. Her research focusses on the impact of certain foods and diets, such as the Mediterranean-style diet on brain health. Prof Minihane’s research also investigates the genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and how these can be linked to our diets.

In conversation at Christmas

Join us this festive season to gain a deeper understanding of the big questions being answered by dementia research. Our Chief Medical Officer Prof Jon Schott, will be joined by Dr Gargi Banerjee and Dr Federica Marinaro, with the discussion chaired by our CEO, Hilary Evans.

Please note this event has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Past Lab Notes events

All of our online events are recorded, so don’t worry if you weren’t able to join us live. You can watch videos of previous events from this year below.

Lab Notes 2021

You can find all the recordings from last year’s events below.

Not sure where to start? We’ve picked some of our favourite events from the year for you to watch below

Please note that the information shared in these talks was accurate at the time of recording. If you have any questions about previous events, please contact the Public Engagement Team at

Lab Notes: Sleep and dementia – symptom or risk factor?

Talks and Q&A with Dr Mathieu Nollet and Dr Berta Anuncibay Soto from our Imperial College Network.

Lab Notes: Hearts and minds: understanding vascular dementia

Talks and Q&A with Dr Adam Greenstein and Dr Kate Kellet from our North West Research Network.

Lab Notes: Spotlight on dementia with Lewy bodies

This session featured talks about research into dementia with Lewy bodes taking place at Newcastle University.