Learn how Cambridge is working to tackle Alzheimer’s Disease

Two preeminent figures in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease are to explain the impact research in Cambridge is having to meet the challenge of a condition which affects almost a million people in the UK.

To mark World Alzheimer’s Month on Tuesday 12 September, there will be a free SciBar Health – Alzheimer’s event from 6.30pm at the Revolution Bar and Restaurant on Downing Street hosted by Cambridge British Science Association and Cambridge University Health Partners.

The event will involve two talks from experts in their fields:

·         Giovanna Mallucci, Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Associate Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) at the University of Cambridge. She will talk about her group’s recent discovery of licensed drugs which target the processes that kill brain cells and are ready for clinical trials in dementia.

·         Dr. John Skidmore is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute (DDI). He will explore what dementia is and how it is caused by diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer’s. He will then describe some of the new approaches towards developing treatments for these diseases being explored at the Cambridge DDI.

Malcolm Lowe-Lauri, Executive Director at Cambridge University Health Partners, said: “Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease, taking away memories and stripping people of their ability to communicate and live independently. However if the onset of the disease can be delayed or slowed, thousands of lives will be saved every year. On Tuesday night, people will be able to hear from two people who have dedicated their lives to researching Alzheimer’s. It will be a fascinating insight into the challenges they face, the scope of their work and how they believe they can help stop a disease which will affect more than 200,000 people in the UK this year.”

Vasee Vinayagamoorthy, Co-chair of Cambridge British Science Association, said: “Alzheimer's is a difficult condition to tackle and understand. We are lucky to have great teams of scientists, researchers, doctors and many more who dedicate their lives to help those who are affected by this condition. At our SciBarHealth evening, we hope that people get to learn more about the crucial research in the fight against Alzheimer's and be inspired to join this fight by protecting ourselves and helping those who have the disease."

For more information and to book a ticket visithttp://cuhp.org.uk/event/scibarhealth-alzheimers/2017-09-12

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