Discussion with Hilary Evans, Prof Jonathan Schott, Dr Gargi Banerjee and Dr Federica Marinaro.
At this event, leading experts discussed the latest in dementia research. They explored topics like using digital technology to detect dementia earlier, improving brain health and new treatments on the horizon.
Prof Jonathan Schott is the Chief Medical Officer of Alzheimer’s Research UK, providing clinical expertise to help drive forward our research priorities. He is Professor of Neurology at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL where he leads on a number of clinical research projects. Jon also runs a busy cognitive disorders service at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, with a particular emphasis on young onset and rare dementias.
Dr Gargi Banerjee is a neurologist and Alzheimer’s Research UK Clinical Fellow based at UCL. She combines her work on hospital wards with people affected by neurological diseases (those involving the brain, spinal cord and nerves), with her research work investigating the causes of dementia and stroke. Her research focusses on cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), in which deposits of amyloid protein build up in blood vessels in the brain. She is exploring how and why these deposits occur, to understand the link between CAA, Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.
With over a decade of experience in neuroscience research, Dr Federica Marinaro now plays a key role in the Early Detection of Neurodegenerative Diseases (EDoN) initiative, leading the work on strategic collaborations. Spearheaded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, this initiative sets out to develop wearable technology to capture digital health data to detect diseases like Alzheimer’s years before the symptoms of dementia start.
Hilary Evans has been Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK since 2015, and has led the transformation of the charity into one of the leading medical research charities in the UK. She has overseen significant growth in recent years, enhancing the organisation’s ability to fund ground-breaking innovative projects. She has also led major public campaigns aiming to shift public perceptions of dementia and break down stigma around these diseases. She is a trustee of the Association of Medical Research Charities and holds an honorary doctorate in medicine from The University of Exeter.