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Understanding Dementia: Exploring the Brain

Please note this venue is step-free but toilets are not accessible
Past event - 2024
13 May Doors open 6:30pm
Event 7pm to 9pm
The Lab Cambridge, 90 Regent St,
Cambridge CB2 1DP
Around 55 million people are affected by dementia worldwide, with nearly 10 million new cases every year. This means 19 new cases of dementia every minute! These figures are expected to rise as life expectancy increases.

This event will explore recent advancements in brain scanning technologies and how variations in cognitive performance can open new pathways in dementia research and treatment, marking a significant advancement in the fight against this widespread condition.

Dusting the fingerprints of dementia

Maura Malpetti (Senior Research Associate in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences)
Dr Maura Malpetti is a Senior Research Associate and Race Against Dementia Alzheimer’s Research UK Fellow in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge. She originally trained in Italy and after obtaining her PhD in Clinical Neurosciences in Cambridge, she further trained as a visiting researcher at the University of California San Francisco, and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Her research focuses on the application of brain scans and blood tests to measure early brain changes, like inflammation and the accumulation of junk proteins, that can forecast clinical outcomes in people with several types of dementia. Her work aims to identify clinically relevant biomarkers and targets for early detection, more accurate prognosis and effective treatments in people living with these conditions.

Memory, language, and attention are among the cognitive skills that people with dementia gradually lose. There are different types of dementia, but they have much in common in what happens in the brain. There is a build-up of harmful “junk proteins”, as well as chronic inflammation, and cell death that leads to brain shrinkage known as atrophy, and the manifestation of dementia symptoms. Blood tests and brain scanning methods have advanced quickly to provide a better understanding of these changes in the brain. These can now detect and measure the amount of junk proteins and the shrinkage of the brain in people with dementia. In this talk, we will discuss the recent advancements in brain scanning techniques for early detection of brain changes in people at risk of or with dementia, and their utility in supporting the development of new treatments

Why are we variable?

Marlou Perquin (Research Associate in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences)
Marlou's research focuses on how and why people vary in their performance when executing the same action repeatedly.

Think about typing a message on your phone: you will not type each key with the exact same speed, but will sometimes be faster and sometimes slower. Occassionally you might make typos even when the word is easy to spell. Everyone is variable, but are some people more variable than others? Marlou will be talking how people differ, and how these differences can help in studying conditions like dementia.
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