Online Engagement Events

We are holding a series of events for people taking part in Brains for Dementia Research, their study partners and other interested family members. We had originally planned to hold these events in person, but due to COVID-19, we will hold them online.

At these events, you’ll have the chance to find out more about the progress being made by BDR and how your support is helping to tackle dementia through research.

Each event is being led by a different BDR centre, and you are welcome to attend all four events in the series. Each event will focus on a different aspect of BDR and the research taking place. There will be short talks, and the chance for you to ask questions of the researchers. We are planning to record all the events and make them available on this page.

There will be an event each month between January and April 2021. You only need to sign up once to hear about all the events in the series.

Cardiff BDR engagement event

Date: Wednesday 24 February 2021

Time: 2 – 3pm

Location: Zoom Webinar

Dr Rebecca Sims, who leads the Cardiff BDR Centre, will talk about her research identifying risk genes for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr Megan Torvell, researcher at the UK Dementia Research Institute in Cardiff, will discuss her work studying the immune system and dementia.
The talks will be followed by a live Q&A, giving you the opportunity to put your questions to our speakers.


Manchester BDR engagement event

Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021

Time: 2 – 3pm

Location: Zoom Webinar

Phil Tinkler, Coordinator at Manchester Brain Bank, will share updates and insight from the BDR Centre there. Fred Walker will talk about his experience of being a participant in BDR. Dr Gemma Lace, Senior Lecturer at University of Salford, will talk about her research using BDR tissue and data to understand more about brain waste disposal systems in different dementias.
The talks will be followed by a live Q&A, giving you the opportunity to put your questions to our speakers.

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Past events

Past, present and future of Brains for Dementia Research | 28 January 2021
In our January 2021 event, Director of Brains for Dementia Research, Prof Alan Thomas, gave an overview of the initiative, and Dr Chris Morris, talked about the new BDR stem cell project.