Cambridge dementia scientists are set to benefit from nearly three quarters of a million pounds of new funding from Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
Alzheimer’s Research UK gives £730k boost to Cambridge dementia research
The Cambridgeshire-based charity has pledged to support five new research projects in the city, employing a range of approaches to improve understanding of diseases like Alzheimer’s, reveal how they cause the devastating symptoms of dementia, and move a step closer to new treatments for the condition. The announcement comes ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day on Monday 21 September.
- A study looking at the link between Down’s syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Research studying how damage to small blood vessels in the brain leads to problems with memory and thinking.
- £305,204 for a project investigating how the brain’s wiring can go wrong in Alzheimer’s.
- Nearly £50,000 to build on promising findings from a previous Alzheimer’s Research UK-funded project highlighting the role of brain support cells in the disease.
- A £43,569 Pilot Project to examine whether proteins involved in cell transport could be a promising target for future Alzheimer’s treatments.
“People with Down’s syndrome have a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than the general population. Our project aims to use brain scans to identify and track the very first changes happening in the brains of people with Down’s syndrome who are at the very earliest stages of developing Alzheimer’s. We hope the study will show us when these critical changes are happening, revealing a window of opportunity for future intervention with preventative treatments. We are delighted to have secured this funding from Alzheimer’s Research UK and we hope that this research will produce findings that not only benefit people with Down’s syndrome but everyone affected by Alzheimer’s.”
“It’s great to see Cambridge scientists playing such a key role in what may be the greatest medical challenge of our times. I welcome this new funding from Alzheimer’s Research UK and am very happy to add my support to the vital work they are doing. With dementia affecting so many lives and costing the economy over £26bn a year, finding new ways to tackle this devastating condition is more important than ever. With this in mind it is essential that the Government also plays its part and continues to increase spending on dementia research.”
“Cambridge is a leading centre for dementia research and we are very pleased to be supporting the vital work of talented scientists like Prof Holland. Their research is building our understanding of the diseases that cause dementia and paving the way to treatments that could help the 850,000 people with the condition in the UK, over 8000 of whom are living in Cambridgeshire.
For further information, or to speak with Prof Anthony Holland or Dr Simon Ridley, please contact Robin Brisbourne at Alzheimer’s Research UK on 0300 111 5 666 or 07500 336132, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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