F1 Legend Sir Jackie Stewart announces £2m boost to accelerate dementia research

Three-time Formula One world champion Sir Jackie Stewart has launched a £2m search for a new generation of scientists to accelerate breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of dementia. The funding has been committed by Sir Jackie’s Race Against Dementia charity which he founded after his wife of 56 years, Lady Helen Stewart, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. Taking a lead from the fast-paced world of professional motorsport, Race Against Dementia has been set up to drive new ways of tackling the big questions in dementia research, and to accelerate…

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Celebrities join Dementia Revolution’s #MemoryRelay

Celebrities including Richard Branson, Rachel Riley and Candice Brown have been sharing some of their most cherished memories on Twitter to help power research towards a cure for dementia. Their posts have been in aid of a #MemoryRelay for the Dementia Revolution – a one-year campaign that has seen Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK join forces as the charity partner for Virgin Money and the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. The aim is to raise £3.5million to help fund groundbreaking dementia research at the UK Dementia Research Institute. For…

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Gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh voices insightful dementia animation

Gardener, broadcaster and writer Alan Titchmarsh has lent his voice to a new animation showcasing the work of scientists on the hunt for life-changing dementia treatments. The household name recorded the voice-over having seen the impact dementia had on his family. Researchers from the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute based at the University of Oxford won the opportunity to have an animation made about their work by Oxford Sparks. Oxford Sparks is the University of Oxford’s digital engagement platform for sciences.  Having come up with a helpful gardening…

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Alzheimer’s Research UK partners with new investment platform

Alzheimer’s Research UK is ‘delighted’ to be partnered with Greenfinch – a socially responsible investment platform which offers its members the chance to give back to a chosen charity. When opening an account with Greenfinch, investors can opt in to be part of the ‘You Give We Give’ (YGWG) donation scheme. This gives members the opportunity to donate a percentage of their annual profits to a charity of their choice, while also having the option of making an initial donation when they open their accounts. The investment management company behind…

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Bill Gates announces investment to improve Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Leading philanthropist Bill Gates has announced that he is to invest in a new fund designed to bring about improved diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia. Mr Gates made his first investment into dementia research in November 2017 when he put $50m into the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF), which provides backing for early-stage drug discovery projects around the globe. The DDF was formed through a collaboration of the UK Department of Health, Alzheimer’s Research UK and several leading pharmaceutical companies. Today’s announcement sees Mr Gates make…

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