Online Engagement Events

We hold online engagement events for people taking part in Brains for Dementia Research, their study partners and other interested family members.

These events give you 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 recorded and posted lower down on this page for you to watch at your convenience.

We are currently planning our autumn 2024 event, and we will share details in due course.

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You can watch back past events below to find out more about research taking place across the BDR Centres.

Brains for Dementia Research Bristol event | 12 March 2024
The Brains for Dementia Research Spring 2024 event is brought to you by the BDR Centre in Bristol, based at the South West Dementia Brain Bank. Chaired by Prof Pat Kehoe, Centre Director, and with talks from Dr Lindsey Sinclair, Prof Liz Coulthard and Dr Laura Palmer. Hear about studies looking at the links between depression and Alzheimer’s, the preparations needed for new Alzheimer’s treatments and an update on the work of the Brain Bank.


Brains for Dementia Research Manchester event | 4 October 2023
Our autumn 2023 event is brought to you by the BDR Centre in Manchester, hosted by Phillip Tinkler, Brain Bank Coordinator. Hear from Dr Sarah Ryan about what causes dementia in younger people. BDR participants Judith and Bridget share their personal experience and from Phillip Tinkler about why it is important to donate brain tissue and updates from the Manchester BDR centre.


Brains for Dementia Research Cardiff event | 21st March 2023
Our spring 2023 event is brought to you by the BDR Centre in Cardiff, hosted by from Dr Rebecca Sims and Rachel Marshall.  Hear from Sam Keat about his work studying the Complement System and Alzheimer’s Disease and Dr Hazel Hall Roberts about her work studying using stem cells to investigate Alzheimer’s disease.



Brains for Dementia Research Newcastle event | 5 Oct 2022
Our autumn 2022 event is brought to you by the BDR Centre in Newcastle, hosted by Prof Alan Thomas, Director of BDR. Hear from Dr Lauren Walker about using donated brain tissue to study dementia with Lewy bodies, and from Dr Riona McArdle about her work studying how walking is affected in different types of dementia.



Brains for Dementia Research London event | 30 March 2022
Our spring 2022 event is brought to you by the BDR Centre in London. Hear updates from the Centre from Kamara Israel-McLeish and Alice Palmer. PhD students Paula Beltran Lobo and Matt Reid shared insights from their work using donated brain tissue to understand how support cells in the brain contribute to dementia.



Brains for Dementia Research Oxford event | 23 September 2021
Our autumn 2021 event is brought to you by the BDR Centre in Oxford. Hear from Dr Olaf Ansorge and Dr Vanessa Raymont about the work of the brain bank, research into COVID and the brain, and about maintaining brain health.



Brains for Dementia Research South West Dementia Brain Bank event | 22 April 2021
Our April 2021 event is brought to you by the BDR Centre at the South West Dementia Brain Bank in Bristol. The event was hosted by Prof Seth Love, co-head of the Brain Bank, with talks from Prof Patrick Kehoe about what scientists have learnt from studying donated brain tissue, and from Gemma Shireby about genetic insights gained from using donated brain tissue.



Brains for Dementia Research Manchester event | 30 March 2021
Our March 2021 event is brought to you by the BDR Centre in Manchester. Hear from Phil Tinkler about the work of the brain bank, and from Fred Walker about caring for his wife Joan, and his involvement with BDR. Dr Gemma Lace from University of Salford shares her research studying brain waste disposal systems and how she uses donated brain tissue to understand more about dementia.



Brains for Dementia Research Cardiff event | 24 February 2021
For our February 2021 event, hear from Dr Rebecca Sims, Lead of the Brains for Dementia Research Centre in Cardiff, as she talks about her genetics research. Dr Megan Torvell shares her research studying the role of the immune system in dementia, and how she uses donated brain tissue in this work.



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.