Dementia Researchers To Share Findings With Public In Norwich

Alzheimers-Research-UK-logoDementia experts in Norwich are holding a free public meeting on Thursday 16 June to discuss the latest dementia research findings and boost public understanding of the condition.

There will be a mix of speakers from research, clinical and artistic backgrounds who are currently working to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

The day is being organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Cambridge Network Centre, a community of researchers from universities across the East of England. Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, funding research into the causes of dementia, diagnosis, preventions and treatments. The charity funds more than £33m of dementia research across the UK, including pioneering work currently underway at the University of East Anglia. This funding is allowing scientists to uncover more about the diseases that cause dementia and contribute to the global effort to put a stop to the heartbreak the condition brings.

Speakers on the day include Dr Claire Lussignea, who will discuss the behavioural symptoms of dementia; Prof Eneida Mioshi, who will speak about managing the challenges of caring for someone with dementia in the family; and Dr George Savva who will talk about dementia rates and medications for the condition.

Michael Hornberger, Professor of Applied Dementia Research at the Norwich Medical School will also be sharing his expertise at the meeting. He said:

“We are really pleased to be hosting this free event in Norwich and hope that as many people as possible come along and learn about this important topic. Dementia is a global medical challenge as well as being a heart-breaking reality for individuals and families. There will be doctors and scientists there to talk about current research into diagnosis and new treatments, as well as experts with a background in dementia care and the arts. The speakers are keen to share their experience and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about the different aspects of the condition.”

Dr Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK, who will be speaking at the meeting, said:

“Nearly 15,000 people in Norfolk are living with dementia and many more have loved ones with the condition. This event in Norwich is open to anyone who would like to know more about dementia and the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Hearing from scientists, clinicians and other dementia experts is a great way to learn more about the condition, the support available to people living with dementia, and progress being made towards finding new treatments.”

The free meeting will take place between 2pm and 5pm on Thursday 16 June in the Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre, UEA, Chancellors Drive, NR4 7TJ. Free parking is available on-site and refreshments will be provided during the break. For any questions and to book a free place, please contact Amanda Wheeler on 01603 593540 or by emailing dementia.research@uea.ac.uk

 

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