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Talks and Q&A with Dr Neil Graham and Christine Ridout on the links between head injury and dementia.

Millions of people around the world experience head injuries every year. While head injuries can result in immediate damage to the brain, evidence also suggests that they could also have significant effects long-term.

Traumatic brain injury, also known as TBI, is now widely recognised as a risk factor for dementia.

Studies have shed light on higher rates of dementia in people who sustain these injuries, but we don’t yet fully understand how these events set dementia-causing processes in motion.

However, understanding the long-term consequences of a head injury and the changes that lead to an increased risk of dementia is an important goal for research.

Watch back to hear from the experts who are working to find out more about the links between head injuries and dementia.

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neil graham

Dr Neil Graham is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in the UK DRI Centre for Care Research and Technology at Imperial College London, and specialty registrar in neurology at Imperial College London NHS Trust.

His work focuses on understanding how head injury is related to dementia. He investigates the biological signatures in blood and uses advanced brain scanning techniques to explore the link. He researches and develops new ways to help his patients who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.

Christine Merkel

Christine Ridout is Associate Director of Research and Policy at The Health Policy Partnership, a health policy research organisation. She leads research into complex health issues, working with leading experts to find evidence-based solutions to real world challenges.

Over the past year, Christine has been working in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK to understand gaps in the research on links between physical activity, head impact and dementia risk. She will share findings from this work and how this will help improve research in this area to answer key questions many people have about sport, brain injury and the links with dementia.

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