27th April 2013 Institute of Psychiatry at The Maudsley, King's College, London - this is an Alzheimer's Research UK network centre.
I was most privileged to attend this annual event, which was sponsored by Alzheimer's Research UK to provide a valuable insight into progress, research and developments which science has made in understanding the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias and neurodegenerative diseases.
The day included fascinating examples of research and updates led by Dr John Powell, Reader in Genetics and Alzheimer's Research UK. I visited the laboratories where I spoke with PHD students and research stations where I could see demonstrations of the experiments in Understanding Neurodegeneration, Searches for a Blood test, (Mass Spectrometry being used to investigate if levels in the blood are associated with amyloid and tau levels), Making the most of Memory, (whether claims of games to train your brain are appropriate or effective?), Optimising antipsychotic drug prescribing in people with dementia, and Analysis of Computerised Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for carers of people with Alzheimer's disease - 95% of carers have no support, so this study demonstrated excellent groundwork in helping thousands of people improve their ability to cope.
This ARUK Network centre brings together basic and molecular researchers with clinical scientists - and the aims and objectives are to see an end to the suffering caused by neurodegeneration.
An engaging Q & A panel session included contributions from Professor Simon Lovestone (Chair), Laura Phipps - representing and introducing the work by Alzheimer's Research UK, Clive Ballard, Professor of Age Related Diseases, and Stephanie Daley, Recovery Lead/Lead Occupational Therapist.
I look forward to hearing further updates in the Alzheimer's research UK newsletter in due course - "think"