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Drug Discovery Institutes to fast-track development of new treatments for dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the world’s largest dedicated dementia research charity, has announced a £30 million Drug Discovery Alliance, launching three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and UCL (University College London). The Drug Discovery Institutes will see 90 new research scientists employed in state-of-the-art facilities to fast-track the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Funding for new doctoral training centre - how can the creative arts help with dementia care?

Eight new doctoral training centres have been announced by the Alzheimer’s Society – over £5million is being invested by the Society in a new generation of dementia researchers.

Children's TV programme about dementia

A new episode of CBBC programme 'My Life', Mr Alzheimers and Me, helps children understand how their grandparents’ dementia can affect personality and behaviour.  You can watch the show online here.

Possible cause of common dementia found, opening avenues for treatment

Researchers at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre have potentially discovered a major cause of dementia. In this type of dementia, there is damage to the white matter (nerve fibres) of the brain apparent on computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of older individuals.

Simple test can help detect Alzheimer's before dementia signs show, study shows

A simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioural signs of dementia, researchers report, adding that the findings don't predict who will develop Alzheimer's disease, but they do show there is something different in the brains of those who go on to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's.