Online Engagement Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have switched to holding online engagement events for people taking part in Brains for Dementia Research, their study partners and other interested family members.
We ran an initial series of four events at the start of 2021, and are now planning future events to take place, the next one likely to be in Autumn 2021.


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

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.

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.