The annual national Alzheimer’s Research UK conference heads to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference (AECC) this month. Brought to the city by Professor Bettina Platt and her team at the University of Aberdeen, the conference takes place from 14-15 March.
The two-day conference will welcome dementia researchers from across the UK and beyond, with presentations from basic researchers through to clinical colleagues.
It is believed that 46.8m people worldwide are living with dementia; 850,000 of these are in the UK, with over 40,000 of those aged under 65. Dementia is not a disease, it is the umbrella term used for symptoms such as memory loss, confusion and personality change, the main cause of this is Alzheimer’s disease.
The Alzheimer’s Research UK Annual Conference is the UK’s largest dementia research conference, attracting nearly 500 delegates in 2016.
A programme of public engagement events is taking place across the city prior to the conference, aiming to raise public awareness of the disease and encourage local people to get involved. Events include an art show, an informal singing event for those living with dementia and Science Sunday; which is taking place at Aberdeen Science Centre from 10am on Sunday 12 March, a free to attend event open to all ages, featuring a range of interactive activities and show-casing the pioneering research taking place in Aberdeen.
Director of sales and Marketing at AECC, Louise Lonie (pictured), commented: “The Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference is a great event in our spring calendar; with a series of public engagement events taking place across the city in the lead up to the conference, highlighting the city-wide support network Aberdeen offers organisers bringing their events to Aberdeen.”
Dr Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “We are delighted to be in Aberdeen for this year’s Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference. There is a wealth of world-class dementia research going on in the city and the conference will highlight the progress scientists here and across the UK are making towards better understanding and treating the condition. The Aberdeen conference is shaping up to be one of the largest in our history and will be an important opportunity for scientists to share their latest findings, spark new ideas and forge the collaborations needed to take on the greatest medical challenge of our time.”