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Tackling dementia from all angles

Please note that this event will be held in the first floor function room which can only be accessed by stairs. Sorry there is no lift or step-free access.
Past event - 2019
21 May Doors 6.30pm
Event 7 to 9.30pm
The Victoria, 48 John Bright Street,
Birmingham B1 1BN
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Dementia is one of the greatest medical challenges we currently face, but research is providing hope. Come hear about the diversity of research taking place to tackle the condition, including studying mini brains in a dish, understanding lifestyle risk, and how best to care for people with dementia. This event is being organised in conjunction with ARUK Birmingham & Solihull Fundraising Group.

Above photo credit: Graham Robertson.

Harnessing the power of stem cells

Dr Eric Hill (Senior Lecturer, Aston University)
In recent years, technological advances have enabled researchers to use induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to generate models of human neurological disease. These models hold tremendous potential for the study of human neurological disease. Researchers can now generate patient-specific brain cell types, bridging the gap between studies using animal models, and clinical research. In this talk, Eric will show how these cells are being used in his lab to generate functional networks of human brain cells to study Alzheimer's disease.

Bringing together old and young: intergenerational programs and dementia

Dr James Brown (Senior Lecturer in Biology and Biomedical Science, Aston University)
Although research has shown since the 1970s that there are benefits of intergenerational programs (IGP) for both older adults and younger people, the recent television program Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds has brought this form of activity into the public arena. Most research so far has focussed on ‘healthy’ older adults, whilst adults with dementia are rarely involved. Increasingly, care homes are using this approach as it can bring many benefits to people with dementia. Come and hear about the science behind IGP, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds and how it might be adopted in dementia care.

Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease: the hunt for the perfect lifestyle

Dr Sarah Aldred (Reader in Exercise Biochemistry, University of Birmingham)
Over the past few years the number of research studies investigating the effects of things like diet and exercise on Alzheimer’s has increased. But are we any closer to understanding if or how lifestyle can affect our chances of developing Alzheimer’s? If we do develop it, is there anything we can do? Do some lifestyle choices put us at greater risk? Sarah's talk will try to answer some of these questions and will provide an update on current research into lifestyle and Alzheimer's disease.