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Event shares ground-breaking UEA dementia research with public

Academics from the University of East Anglia (UEA) are inviting health professionals, carers, people with the condition and members of the public to an event where they can share their own experiences and learn more about the research into the detection and treatment of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The event on Thursday 21 June is organised by the UEA Dementia Research Collaborative, which is group of researchers, educators, clinicians and lay people who are interested in dementia research. It is free to attend and will provide an overview of some of the latest research, with attendees having the opportunity to ask questions to leading experts from the UEA, The University of Manchester and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Opening the event, Prof Michael Hornberger from the Norwich Medical School, UEA, said: “We are delighted to be hosting a series of events, which create a forum for the general public, people with dementia and their carers, to exchange their own experiences and knowledge with leading researchers and clinicians.

“There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and there is currently no cure. It is therefore imperative that we continue our research into this debilitating disease.”

Speaker Anne Marie Minihane, Prof of Nutrigenetics from Norwich Medical School, UEA, will present “Nutrition and Brain Vitality”, exploring how dietary patterns, food and their components can impact cognitive ageing. Topics will include the benefits of a Mediterranean diet pattern and possible effects of Omega-3 fatty acids on brain function.

Prof Matthew Lambon Ralph, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of Manchester, will present the latest research on semantic dementia, a neurological condition which leads to profound word-finding difficulties and recognition. The condition affects a person’s ability to communicate verbally as well as how they respond to situations in everyday life. His talk will summarise findings on this disorder and explain how behavioural therapies have helped sufferers.

Dr Katie Snubs, Communications Officer for science at Alzheimer’s Research UK, will also be speaking about the funding behind some of the collaborative world-class research.

The event is part of a bi-monthly series of free dementia events where researchers from UEA and other institutions present their cutting-edge research studies and findings. The events are free to attend and open to anyone with an interest in dementia research. They are sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The latest event takes place on Thursday 21 June, 2pm to 5pm in the Julian Study Centre, Ground Floor Foyer and Lecture Theatre, UEA. Parking is free of charge in the main visitors’ car park for this event. Parking tokens will be validated at the registration desk on arrival and tea and coffee will be provided during the afternoon.

To book or for more information about the event, email dementia.research@uea.ac.uk or call 01603 593540.