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Watch back this fascinating conversation with our Chief Scientific Officer, Prof James Rowe and Head of Research, Dr Rosa Sancho and ambassador for Alzheimer’s Research UK, Scott Mitchell.

In conversation at Christmas is a stimulating discussion, covering some of the progress made in research in 2022, and looking ahead to 2023.

Hosted by Public Engagement Manager, Dr Katy Bray, the speakers also explored new dementia treatments on the horizon, including the latest news surrounding lecanemab. Discussions were also had into the importance of growing awareness of dementia research in government and with politicians.



Prof James Rowe is a Professor of Cognitive Neurology at the University of Cambridge and a practicing consultant neurologist. He is also Chair of our Strategic Advisory Board.

James leads regional specialist clinics for rare dementias and is a consultant at Cambridge Memory Clinic. He balances his clinical work with leading a team of researchers studying FTD and related diseases, with the aim of understanding the underlying characteristics, improving diagnoses, and informing new treatments.

Find out more about James.

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Scott Michell is husband of the late Dame Barbara Windsor - and an Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Dr Rosa Sancho

Dr Rosa Sancho joined the Research team at Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2012. As Head of Research, Rosa is responsible for the implementation of ARUK’s research strategy and funding programmes, and partnerships with other organisations.

For more information or questions about the event, please email the Public Engagement team