Members of Alzheimer’s Society’s research team were joined by researchers from Cardiff University who gave an insight into the links between genetics and dementia as well as other key research studies.
People were then given the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about how they can get involved.
Jess Smith, Research Communications Officer at Alzheimer’s Society said:
‘We often read about ‘breakthroughs’ or ‘potential cures’ in the press. Today’s event was an opportunity to look at the science behind the headlines, dispel some of the myths surrounding dementia research, and hear about the cutting edge science taking place in Cardiff.
‘Alzheimer’s Society is dedicated to defeating dementia through research. It’s been fantastic today to see so many people keen to find out more about this work. We fund research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to improve treatment for people today, and search for a cure for tomorrow. It’s really important for us to get out there and tell people about the research that is currently underway, that is why we’re hosting events like this one.’
Alzheimer’s Society is also calling for carers, former carers, or people with dementia to support the charity as Research Network volunteers.
Research Network volunteers use their personal experiences of dementia to help Alzheimer’s Society make crucial decisions about dementia research, including setting research priorities and supporting on-going research projects. The charity is now looking for more people living in Wales affected by dementia to join the network.
No specific training or skills are required to be a Research Network volunteer; what matters is the personal experience of people dealing with dementia on a daily basis.
Matt Murray, Alzheimer’s Society’s Research Engagement Manager said:
‘People affected by dementia play a vital role in ensuring that our research targets the most important areas. Our Research Network ensures that the research we fund is of the highest quality, and is relevant to people’s experience. This gives us the best possible chance of making significant improvements in the care of people with dementia, today and in the future.
‘Research Network volunteers help to decide what research we will fund, help us set advise on our research strategy and work closely with researchers. Many Research Network volunteers enjoy learning about the ways in which our researchers are fighting the disease. They are also grateful that their experiences are being used in a way that stands to benefit so many people.’