The Dementia Research Collaborative (DRC) at UEA is a group of researchers, educators, clinicians and lay people who are interested in dementia research.

The aims of the group are:

i)    to disseminate cutting-edge dementia research findings across UEA, health services and the public, and 

ii)    to foster research collaborations across UEA, health services and the public.

We run an ongoing series of free bi-monthly dementia open forums at UEA (currently online) which create an exchange of knowledge between researchers, clinicians, the general public, people with dementia and their carers.  Anyone with an interest in dementia research is welcome.

Researchers from UEA, and guests, will present their latest innovative research studies and findings, with a different dementia researcher leading each event.  There's an opportunity to ask questions of the researcher and to find out how to take part in any upcoming studies at UEA.

You can watch previous Open Forums on our YouTube channel, the UEA Dementia Open Forum.

Our next Dementia Open Forum is on Thursday 30 June at 2pm on Zoom

Date: Thursday 30 June 2022
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm 
Location: Zoom

"The impact of cranberry polyphenols on the microbiome and brain in healthy ageing" - Dr Emma Flanagan (UEA)

With an ageing population, the incidence of age-related cognitive decline due to neurodegeneration is expected to rise bringing with it significant personal and financial burden.  Without effective pharmacological interventions to slow or reverse neurodegenerative processes, focus has shifted towards possible lifestyle interventions including diet to prevent the onset or even curtail the progression of conditions such as dementia.  Polyphenols are phytochemicals abundant in vegetables and fruit, including cranberries, which could exert neuroprotective actions by directly influencing mechanisms considered to underlie age-related neurodegeneration.  The impact of Cranberries on Microbiome, Brain and Ageing sTudy (CoMBAT) aimed to investigate how cranberry polyphenols could impact these disease mechanisms, particularly through influencing the complex interactions between the gut microbiome and brain.

Originally from rural New South Wales, Australia, Emma Flanagan completed a BSc with Honours (Psychology) at the University of Sydney in 2012, with her honours thesis focusing on the impact of negative mood states on memory function across the lifespan.  She then went on to work with the FRONTIER research group at Neuroscience Research Australia, where she focused on the neuropsychology of early onset dementia conditions including Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia.  She left Australia in early 2015 to continue working in dementia research with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge before joining Professor Michael Hornberger’s dementia research team as a research associate at the University of East Anglia in 2016.  Emma then completed her PhD in 2022 at the University of East Anglia, working with Professor Michael Hornberger and Dr David Vauzour to investigate the effects of polyphenols on the microbiome and brain function and the implications for preventing age-related cognitive decline.

Please email for a link to attend this event.

Our previous Dementia Open Forum event of 21 April 2022

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the previous Dementia Open Forum on 21 April. A full recording of this is now available on our YouTube channel. 

View on YouTube