How can we stop dementias like Alzheimer's from taking hold?
Right now, nearly one in six people in the UK are over 65, and one in three will develop dementia. The most common form is Alzheimer's disease, and sadly there isn't a cure for it yet. In 10 years’ time, 1 million people in the UK will have dementia
If you've ever had a friend or family member affected by it, you'll know how devastating it can be. Symptoms include memory loss, mood changes and problems with communicating and reasoning - and it can feel like the person you know is slowly drifting away.
Your donations help our experts to work on ways to diagnose and treat dementias like Alzheimer's.
We’re working towards a timely way of diagnosing degenerative disorders, and ways to facilitate therapy for these diseases.
The way we’re doing that is by looking at the ways metals change in brain disease. You might not realise it, but our bodies use all sorts of metals, from calcium, iron, copper and zinc, to small trace elements of things like cobalt. We’re working out how we use these metals in their everyday functioning and then we’re seeing how those systems are disrupted in disease.
The challenge is that because these metals exist in such tiny quantities, it’s incredibly hard to detect and understand the way that they function. Luckily, we have lots of people working across different disciplines, from engineering to medicine, and access to advanced off-site equipment too, like the diamond light source Synchotron.
Dr Joanna Collingwood
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