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Future of dementia medicines discussed at University of Bradford

Published: Wed 25 Nov 2015

The University of Bradford is hosting this year's Yorkshire Alzheimer's Research UK Scientific meeting.

The meeting welcomes a host of researchers from across the UK, as well as opening its doors to members of the public with an interest in dementia care and drug discovery in Alzheimer’s disease.

The meeting which is being hosted by Bradford School of Pharmacy, takes place on Thursday 10 December in the Richmond building at the University of Bradford. There will be a morning session for Yorkshire Alzheimer's Research UK Research Network members to share the latest scientific progress and an afternoon session open to the public.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the afternoon session -‘Horizons in Medicines Discovery for dementia’. This includes a talk from Professor Murna Downs, Head of the School of Dementia Studies, who will be speaking on care perspective on dementia.

The University has just been awarded a coveted Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its world-leading work to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Also speaking at the event will be Professor Paul Whiting, Chief Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer’s Research UK University College London Drug Discovery Institute, on drug discovery in Alzheimer's disease. Joining him will be Professor Joe Sweeney from the University of Huddersfield, looking at challenges in the development of neuroprotective drugs.

Professor Marcus Rattray, Head of Bradford School of Pharmacy, said: “This promises to be an interesting event, exploring the cutting edge techniques that researchers across the UK are using in drug discovery and dementia care and highlighting some of the exciting research that is being carried out in the Yorkshire area to improve the lives of people living with dementia.”

Dr Emma O’Brien from Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “There have been no new treatments licensed for Alzheimer’s since 2002 and many people with other causes of dementia have no specific treatments available to them. It is vital that we invest in research that takes us closer to treatments to help the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, including over 5,500 in Bradford alone. This meeting will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the latest research developments across Yorkshire and beyond.”

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