SCIENTISTS in Oxford are inviting the public to hear about the latest updates in dementia research.

The meeting will feature talks from scientists at the forefront of research into the degenerative condition and give the opportunity for people to put their questions to experts.

The free event is being organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Thames Valley Network Centre, a community of researchers from the universities of Oxford, Reading and Oxford Brookes.

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK, including more than 8,000 people in Oxfordshire alone.

The condition, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease, affects people’s ability to remember, think, plan, and communicate.

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At present, while there are treatments that can help with the symptoms, there is no way to slow or stop the diseases that cause dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is one of the UK’s leading dementia research charities, funding around £34m of dementia research across the country.

Speakers on the day will include Dr Vanessa Raymont from Oxford University, who will talk about potential ways people can help reduce their risk of dementia.

Also speaking is Dr Sophie Morgan from the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, who will discuss the ways that proteins go awry in Parkinson’s and how scientists are working to design new treatments to tackle this.

The free event is being held from 10am until 1pm on Saturday, March 14 at Tingewick Hall, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital.

Visit here to reserve a place or call 0300 111 5 333.