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

How can we detect dementia earlier?

When: Wednesday 8 June 2022
What time: 4-5pm BST
Where: Online (Zoom webinar) 


Today, the diseases that cause dementia are diagnosed when symptoms like memory loss appear. To have the best chance of halting them, we need to intervene decades earlier, when these diseases first take hold.

Our Early Detection of Neurodegenerative disease (EDoN) initiative is harnessing the power of wearable technology and AI. It sets out to develop a wearable device, like a smartwatch, that can identify the earliest signs of the diseases that cause dementia, years before symptoms appear.

Come along and discover the subtle clues, undetectable to the human eye, that can indicate brain changes. Join the discussion about how digital technology and data science is working to revolutionise our ability to pick up early signs of brain changes that lead to dementia.

You will have a chance to hear from researchers who will discuss their current work on the EDoN initiative. As well as talking about their research, they will answer your questions during the Q&A session.

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



Dr Dennis Chan

Dr Dennis Chan is Principal Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and a practising consultant neurologist. His main area of research is the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, and he has pioneered the use of various tech-based tools for diagnosis including virtual reality and app-based tests. As well as his work in dementia, he leads national work on memory and thinking problems in long Covid.

Dr Chan is one of the scientific leads for the EDoN initiative.


Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is a Research Assistant and PhD student at Newcastle University working on the EDoN initiative. Sarah engages with patient and public involvement groups to gain the perspectives of individuals with memory and thinking problems and their carers on the usability, acceptability and inclusivity of wearable digital technology which may be included in the EDoN digital tool. She also engages with clinicians to gain their perspectives on the implementation of a digital tool that could detect dementia years before symptoms are apparent.


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

Lab Notes 2022

Lab Notes: Spotlight on frontotemporal dementia

Talks and Q&A with Benedikt Holbling and Prof James Rowe on frontotemporal dementia and the latest research.

Lab Notes: Gender, diet and brain health

Talks and Q&A with Richard Merrick and Prof Anne-Marie Minihane about the impact of factors such as gender and diet on our brain health. 

Lab Notes 2021

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.

In conversation at Christmas

Talks exploring topics about using digital technology to detect dementia earlier, improving brain health and new treatments on the horizon.