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Dementia is a growing public health issue across the world. Have a drink with us as we hear from two dementia researchers who are working to uncover how and why dementia occurs. As a representation of the breadth and diversity of dementia research, our talks will cover two drastically different approaches to researching dementia. Come hear about how studies at both micro (e.g. cells) and macro (e.g. epidemiology) levels contribute to our global fight against dementia, attacking from all angles.
What Drives Alzheimer’s Disease? Using Mathematics to Uncover Molecular Mechanisms
Georg Meisl (Doctor in Biophysical Chemistry, Research Associate at University of Cambridge)
Dementia exerts a tremendous toll on society, individuals and families. However, gaps in our understanding of its mechanisms have hindered the development of effective treatments and cures. Shedding light on the mechanisms, Georg Meisl will discuss the intriguing discovery that a certain kind of protein abnormality may cause not only many different dementia types, but also other conditions like mad cow disease. He will introduce the arsenal of innovative methods developed by scientists to study this, and how mathematics is then used to make sense of data, and guide the search for cures.
Population Studies of Dementia: An Epidemiological Detective Story
Richard Merrick (PhD student in Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge)
What do population studies reveal about dementia risk, and how is it changing across generations? The Cognitive Function and Aging Study (CFAS), led from Cambridge, has helped shape our understanding of dementia and inform policy for 30 years. Come and learn about the detective work behind this study, and how to think like an epidemiologist to separate fact from fiction.
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