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For the public





Public Online event - Thursday 17
  June 2021

‘The journey from Reading to Oxford: Building roads to save memories’

We are holding an online public event on Thursday 17th June 2021 from 1pm to 2:30pm as part of the Lab Notes series hosted by Alzheimer’s Research UK. At this event you will see behind the scenes of dementia research labs in Oxford and Reading. Scientists from our Thames Valley Research Network will give you an insight into what life is like inside a busy lab, and will be showing examples of their experiments and work. Jane Thomas, an Oxford poet, will be performing a piece that she has written specially for this event. Everyone will then be on hand to answer your questions during the live Q&A session. The event will take place online on Zoom, and it is free to attend. It is open to everyone, and no previous knowledge of dementia or research is required. Come and join us as we take you on ‘The journey from Reading to Oxford: Building roads to save memories’.

Please register to attend by following the link here 

2020 Alzheimer's Research UK Thames Valley Network Dementia Information Event

Sadly, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to hold the 2020 Alzheimer's Research UK Thames Valley Network Dementia Open Morning. However, over the summer we arranged for the presenters within the network centre who were due to talk at the March public event to give their talks online. The short talks from scientists were recorded and include a range of topics in dementia. They are available to watch on YouTube  We hope you find the videos informative.

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2020 Alzheimer's Research UK Thames Valley Network Dementia Information Event programme of talks


Welcome - Dr Mark Dallas, University of Reading

Dr Mark Dallas is the Network Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Research UK Thames Valley Network and an Associate Professor at the University of Reading’s School of Pharmacy. His research uses electrophysiological techniques to examine the disruption in brain communication.

Link to YouTube 




The path to life-changing breakthroughs - Dr Katy Stubbs, Alzheimer's Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading charity specialising in finding preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. In this talk Katy Stubbs gives an overview of dementia and the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Dr Katy Stubbs leads on public engagement at Alzheimer’s Research UK. She helps to share the progress being made in research with the public and supports scientists to engage people with their research.

Link to YouTube 

Protein aggregation and Parkinson’s disease - Dr Sophie Morgan, Oxford Drug Discovery Institute

Dr Sophie Morgan is a Molecular Biologist at the Oxford Drug Discovery Institute (ODDI). Her work focuses on establishing alpha-synuclein aggregation assays that can be used to understand the pathways that lead to alpha-synuclein aggregation; and to identify new therapeutic targets that will improve cellular function.

 Link to YouTube 



Can we prevent dementia? - Dr Vanessa Raymont, University of Oxford

Dr Vanessa Raymont is a senior researcher and consultant psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. Her interests are in brain injury, cognitive disorders and dementia, as well as clinical trials in cognitive impairment. She is part of a number of studies focusing on the potential prevention of dementia.

Link to YouTube 



Dr Nora Bengoa-Vergniory is a senior researcher in the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) at the University of Oxford She is working to find novel strategies for detection & treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, specifically looking into unpicking the accumulation of protein in the brain.

Link to YouTube 



Toms Voits is a PhD student at the University of Reading, supervised by Christos Pliatsikas, Holly Robson, & Jason Rothman. His research explores the cognitive and  neurological effects of bilingualism in healthy ageing populations, via a longitudinal study employing a combination of neuroimaging (MRI) & behavioural techniques.

Link to YouTube 

Past Events


We have a dedicated YouTube channel which features recorded presentations from our past public events.


See details of all our dementia researchers here