On Wednesday 9th May a group of students took another trip to BioCity to listen to lectures on the topic of Alzheimer’s disease from two leading specialists in the field.
Professor Simon Lovestone PhD MRCPsych from King’s College London gave an interesting history of the disease and the need for ‘biomarkers’ to determine who is at a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s so treatment can begin early. Professor Kevin Morgan from the University of Nottingham revealed the developments that he and his team have made into discovering what causes Alzheimer’s (as in around 80% of cases the cause is unknown).
A key focus was the fact that Alzheimer’s disease is a growing issue as we face an ageing population, and while the numbers of those affected is greater, the funding for its continued research is less than that allocated to cancer, stroke and heart disease research combined.
With that thought-provoking message, our students came away keen to find ways of raising money for such an important cause.
Many thanks to Miss Robertson and Dr Mulligan for organising the trip and taking the students to the venue.