The UK’s leading dementia research charity, the Alzheimer’s Research Trust (ART), held a public meeting at Aston University,
which featured short talks on Alzheimer’s disease and its treatments. The meeting was officially opened by Prof Carl Chinn
from BBC Radio WM.
Aston University is part of the Midland Alzheimer’s Research Trust network, a group of regional scientists who are funded by different awarding bodies to investigate biomedical aspects of dementias. With support from the network, the event aimed to help the general public access information on the disease.
Professor Helen Griffiths, Associate Dean – Research and Enterprise, School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, said:
“We provided visitors with an overview of Alzheimer’s, what may be done to reduce its impact and how to care for affected relatives and friends. Presentations were aimed at all members of the general public with an interest in the condition.
“We were delighted that Professor Carl Chin agreed to open the event and provide a short trip down memory lane - revisiting the history of Aston.”
Dr Simon Ridley, from the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, added:
“Dementia is becoming an increasing burden on society, affecting not only patients, but also their families, carers and the wider community. The public meeting will provide an opportunity for people to find out about the exciting research happening in Birmingham and what we are doing to combat dementia.”
“We desperately need to fund more research like that happening at Aston University to offer new hope of developing the treatments we need. Over 9,300 people in Birmingham alone have dementia, and this is a figure forecast to double within a generation. The threat this condition poses to our society is real, and we must support research that will give us answers.”
The Alzheimer’s Research Trust event will take place on Tues 6th October 5pm-7:45pm at Aston University. Please email Nicky at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 0121 204 3439 for more information and directions. Refreshments will be provided.
For further press information contact:
- Munira Jasat, University Communications Team, Aston University on 0121 204 4547 or email@example.com.
Notes to editors
- The Alzheimer's Research Trust provides free information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: phone 01223 843899 or visit www.alzheimers-research.org.uk. The charity relies solely on public donations to fund its research
- Care services for dementia costs the UK more than cancer, heart disease and stroke combined.