Researchers gather in Leicester to share dementia findings with public

Posted by ap507 at Sep 16, 2014 11:25 AM |
University researchers involved in event to discuss dementia research

Issued by Alzheimer's Research UK on 16 September 2014

Scientists from the Midlands are inviting the public to a free meeting in Leicester on the 29 September, to discuss current dementia research. The meeting will involve a series of talks from local experts, discussing the latest developments in dementia prevention and future treatments. The meeting is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Midlands Research Network, a community of scientists working to research the condition across Birmingham, Warwick, Leicester, Loughborough and Nottingham.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, funding research into the causes of dementia, diagnosis, preventions and treatments. They currently fund more than £22m of dementia research across the UK, including over £650,000 of pioneering science in the Midlands. This investment is being used to understand a wide range of complex problems, including the genetic risk factors for dementia, the processes underlying nerve cell damage in Alzheimer’s and the lifestyle factors that may impact on the condition. All of this research will help find treatments for dementia and take steps towards prevention.

The panel will include dementia experts from a variety of backgrounds, including Dr Latha Velayudhan, a researcher at the University of Leicester who looks into the link between sense of smell and dementia. Prof Eef Hogervorst from the University of Loughborough will give insights into how diet and exercise can help lower the risk of dementia, while Prof Giovanni Mallucci from the Medical Research Council Toxicolgy Unit will discuss the newer approaches for effective treatment of dementia. Besides these sessions on the biology underlying dementia, Mrs Suzanne Kirk will join the panel to share her experiences as a carer of a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

Dr Latha Velayudhan, a dementia researcher at the University of Leicester said: “This event will be a fantastic opportunity for the community to learn more about the huge strides researchers in their local area are making to better understand dementia. We are desperate to put an end to this devastating condition and we are passionate about sharing our knowledge about causes, risk factors and new treatments. Please do come along and ask as many questions as you have.”

Dr Laura Phipps, Science Communications Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Nearly 9,000 people in Leicestershire are living with dementia and there is also an army of informal carers who work tirelessly to support loved ones. It is essential that we reduce the stigma associated with this condition and we believe that helping people understand more about dementia is crucial. Events like this in Leicester are a fantastic opportunity for the public to get a better understanding of the effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementias and to learn about the progress being made towards finding a cure.”

The free event will take place from 18.00-20.00pm on Monday 29 September at the Maurice Shock Building First Floor Lecture Theatre1, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH. Free tea, coffee and parking will be provided. There is no need to book, but questions can be directed to Susan Handley on 0116 252 3319 or sh478@leicester.ac.uk.

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