Dr Eugene O’Hare, Queen's University Belfast, hopes his research may help provide a treatment for a disease which touches the lives of millions of people throughout the world – Alzheimer’s. He is collaborating with Senexis Ltd, a Cambridge- based drug-development company that is focused on discovering new compounds for the treatment of dementia. Read more here.
The Department of the Environment (NI) has launched the Consultation on the draft Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (NI) 2014 and draft Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) Regulations (NI) 2014. The consultation document can be accessed on the Department’s website.
A former butler who has spent the past 10 Christmases alone has been inundated with offers after placing a newspaper advert asking for someone to share the day with him, the Telegraph reports today. The report highlights the issue of loneliness among older people. Age UK recently launched a campaign to End Loneliness and highlighted the health and social problems it can cause.
The European Commission has today (11 December 2013) presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. Read more here.
Leading nations have committed to developing a cure or treatment for dementia by 2025 at the G8 dementia summit. Health ministers meeting in London said G8 countries would increase funding for research to meet that goal. Earlier the UK said it aimed to double its annual research funding to £132m by 2025. Read more here.
One third of patients discharged from hospital in the Republic of Ireland last year were over the age of 65, according to an ESRI study into the demographics of Irish hospitals. More than 1.54 million people were discharged from Ireland’s 57 acute public hospitals last year, an increase of 4.8 per cent on the previous year. Read more here.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) today announced a multi-million pound programme to accelerate progress in dementias research. Launching in April 2014, the MRC UK Dementias Research Platform (UKDP) is a public-private partnership that will unite a wealth of partners and knowledge in a fresh drive to understand neurodegenerative disease onset and progression.
The EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has launched two calls for proposals aimed at encouraging research teams across Europe to investigate the cross-disease pathways in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and to identify new, innovative preventive strategies for these debilitating conditions .More information is available at
In this blog, CARDI’s Director Dr Roger O’Sullivan finds that memories are invaluable and remembering the past can become a celebration of life involving many generations:
Last week my daughter came home from school with great excitement - she wanted to interview me as part of her primary school project – the topic of her investigation was her late grandfather, my father (who died long before she was born).