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Dementia event to be held in Reading

Published: 19/01/2017

A dementia information event for anyone affected by the condition will be held at the Green Park Conference Centre in Reading on Saturday 28 January.

Speakers include Dr Rupert McShane, Consultant Psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Professor Simon Lovestone, Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry, who are looking to future directions for dementia research.

Dr McShane said, "Dementia research is the only way we can find new ways to care for, and treat people with the condition. Treatments developed through research, like donepezil and memantine, have helped millions of people, but have only small effects and do not prevent the condition progressing.

Recent drug trials have had disappointing results, but there are others being tested. The UK is also leading on developing new ways of testing drugs in the most efficient way possible."

Dr Jane Fossey, Associate Director of Psychological Services at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust will be highlighting how vital research is helping to improve life for people with dementia living in care homes. Information on practical support for local families affected by the condition will be provided by the charity Younger People with Dementia, Berkshire.

Places for the event can be booked online by clicking here.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are around 800 000 people living with dementia in the UK, which may rise to over 1 million by 2021. It is more common in people over 65. There are different types of dementia. Some of the symptoms include memory loss, difficulty with language and thinking .

Dr Gwen Bonner, Clinical Director for Research, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said, "Dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales, and so it is vital that we continue to offer support to people who suffer from dementia, as well as their families and carers. Research into dementia is crucial to this, and Berkshire Healthcare are collaborating with other organisations to tackle this.”

The event is being hosted by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network, which helps to make it possible for research to take place in the NHS.

Many local people with and without dementia have already registered their interest in participating in dementia research to help find better treatments and care for people with the condition by signing up to a national service funded by the Department of Health at

If you have questions about the event in Reading on 28 January, please call Corrina Purdue on tel. 01865 231556. For questions about the venue, call tel. 0118 402 9660.


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