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.

South West Dementia Brain Bank BDR engagement event

Date: Thursday 22 April 2021

Time: 2 – 3pm BST

Location: Zoom Webinar

Prof Seth Love, Professor of Neuropathology and co-head of the South West Dementia Brain Bank at University of Bristol will chair the final event in our series. Speaking at the event will be Prof Pat Kehoe from University of Bristol who will talk about the vital role of donated brain tissue for dementia research. Also speaking is Gemma Shireby, PhD student at Exeter University, who will talk about how the annual assessment data collected by BDR is giving new understanding of brain ageing.
As well as the talks, we will have 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.

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.

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.