IT AFFECTS more than 800,000 people across the UK and has been dubbed the disease that people fear the most.
Now Southampton-based scientists striving to make progress in the battle against dementia are preparing to share their latest discoveries with the public.
New breakthroughs in dementia research will be outlined at a meeting in the city later this month.
Speakers will include Dr Katy Stubbs from Alzheimer’s Research UK, which funds pioneering work at the University of Southampton and other centres along the south coast.
Dr Stubbs said: “There are around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, with nearly 20,000 in Hampshire alone.
“Dementia touches the lives of millions, including many family members working tirelessly behind the scenes to support a loved one with the condition.
“People have many questions about dementia and this event is a great way to find answers.
“It is also a chance for those with personal experience of the condition to meet others who may be in a similar situation.”
Prof Clive Holmes, a consultant psychiatrist at Southampton General Hospital, will talk about his research into tackling inflammation in the brain, which drives the progression of Alzheimer’s.
Fellow speaker Prof Hugh Perry will outline new initiatives aimed at producing better treatments for dementia.
In the past few years new studies have shown that many adults are more afraid of developing dementia than contracting cancer.
People at the meeting will be able to take part in “scientific cafés”, where small groups can talk to experts about dementia and ask about the latest research.
Dr Diego Gomez-Nicola, co-ordinator of the Alzheimer’s Research UK’s South Coast Research Network, said: “Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and there’s a desperate need for effective new treatments.
“The brain is the final frontier of biological research and this event is a fantastic opportunity for people to hear about the cutting-edge science taking place.
“Researchers at universities across the south are working to create a better future for those affected by dementia and we hope many people come along to hear about advances scientists are making.”
The meeting is open to anyone who wants to know more about dementia and the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
It is being held at The Spark, Southampton Solent University’s conference centre in East Park Terrace, Southampton, on January 15 between 4pm and 7.30pm. Admission is free.
To reserve a place go online and visit southcoastdementiaevent.eventbrite.co.uk or call Katy Stubbs on 01223 824562.
Source : DailyEcho