Scientists in Cardiff are inviting the public to two free events on Wednesday 24 July, to hear about current progress in dementia research. The meetings will involve talks from scientists at the forefront of research into the condition. The free events are organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Wales Network Centre.
Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK, including almost 4,000 people in Cardiff alone. The condition, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, affects people’s ability to remember, think, plan and communicate. At present, while there are treatments that can help the symptoms, there is currently no way to slow or stop the diseases that cause dementia.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity, funding research into the causes of dementia, diagnosis, preventions and treatments. They fund more than £34m of pioneering dementia research across the UK, supporting scientists to uncover more about the causes of dementia and contribute to the global effort to put a stop to the heartbreak of the condition.
The first event will take place between 1:30-4:30 pm and will involve talks from researchers, as well as the chance to browse information stands and displays from local dementia-related organisations. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, with afternoon tea provided for attendees.
The second event is an evening reception, running from 5:00-7:30 pm. Following a series of short talks on a range of research themes, attendees can enjoy refreshments and cheese while meeting researchers and finding out more about their work.
Dr Matthew Hill, coordinator of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Wales Network, said:
“We are excited to be able to host events like these, as they provide people with an opportunity to find out more about dementia research happening in their area. As well as interesting and insightful talks, there is plenty of time for discussion with the researchers working at the forefront of dementia science. Researchers here in Cardiff are working hard to make breakthroughs that will benefit the lives of people affected by dementia, and this event is open to all who want to find out more about the progress we are making.”
Dr Katy Stubbs from Alzheimer’s Research UK will be speaking at the event, she said:
“We know that dementia impacts the lives of millions of people around the UK, including many people who are supporting loved ones who live with the condition. These events are a unique and important opportunity to ask questions that are important to you, while meeting others and sharing experiences. The public plays a critical role in shaping research, so this is a fantastic chance for discussion and exchanging views.”
Both events will take place on Wednesday 24 July at the Haydn Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ. They are free to attend, refreshments are provided, but registration is required.
To book your place at the afternoon event (1:30 – 4:30pm), please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alzheimers-research-uk-cardiff-open-day-tickets-63874101156?aff=ebapi
To book your place at the evening reception (5:00 – 7:30pm), please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alzheimers-research-uk-cardiff-open-day-science-event-2019-tickets-63953587903?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete