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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Pixie Lott tackles dementia in charity football match for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Pop sensation Pixie Lott joined family and friends for a charity football match in support of Alzheimer’s Research UK last Sunday. Less than 24 hours after being crowned winning coach on The Voice Kids in front of a TV audience of millions, the singer led a Pixie Lott XI to a hard-fought draw against Concept Old Boys – a team that included her uncle and event organiser Ricky Bennett. Among those cheering her on from the sidelines at Beckenham Town FC’s Eden Park Avenue ground was The Voice Kids winner…

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Dementia Discovery Fund exceeds funding target to help find a cure for dementia

A world-leading research fund founded in part by Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has reached a new milestone thanks to a $60m investment from US organisation AARP. The Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) makes early stage venture capital investments to develop ground breaking drugs and treatments for all forms of dementia. It is the largest venture fund in the world focused on a single disease area and launched in October 2015. The investment from AARP means the DDF has now met its £250m ($350m…

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