Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) Conference

Next month we welcome the annual national Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) conference to the city and the venue.  Brought to Aberdeen by Professor Bettina Platt and her team at the University of Aberdeen; the conference takes place at AECC from 14th-15th March.

The two-day conference will welcome dementia researchers from across the UK and beyond, with presentations from basic researchers through to clinical colleagues. The conference is the perfect forum for researchers to hear the latest findings – from discoveries in the laboratory to clinical perspectives.

The Alzheimer’s Research UK Annual Conference is the UK’s largest dementia research conference and has become a staple in the conference calendar, renowned as the perfect opportunity to share new insights and forge diverse collaborations. Last year nearly 500 delegates attended this popular conference, and we look forward to welcoming delegates to Aberdeen in March.

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A programme of public engagement events is taking place across the city prior to the conference, aiming to raise awareness of the disease and encourage local people to take part:

Mind and Memory Art Show

Thursday 9th March – Friday 7th April,

Dementia Resource Centre 13-19 King St, open Monday to Friday 10am-3pm


Come and Sing

Friday 10th March, Dementia Resource Centre, King Street, 6-7.30pm

ARUK together with Alzheimer’s Scotland, are holding an informal event for people with dementia, their families and carers. Refreshments will be served.


AFC Aberdeen vs Motherwell

Saturday 11th March, Pittodrie Stadium, 1pm

Representatives from ARUK will be presenting at AFC’s Ladies Day, and will be appearing throughout the stadium handing out health information and raising funds for the charity.


Science Sunday

Sunday 12th March, Stratosphere, 10am – 4pm

FREE entrance for all at Satrosphere all day.

Come along and explore the most mysterious structure in the known universe – the human brain. Family-friendly activities will run alongside talks from scientists and clinicians who are working to tackle dementia.

With hands-on activities, challenging games and the latest in virtual reality technology, we’ll shine a light on this incredible organ and showcase the pioneering dementia research underway in Aberdeen. Take Aberdeen FC’s target challenge and find out how top players stay fit and healthy.

Between 2-4pm there will be talks from scientists and clinicians working to tackle dementia. A great opportunity to put your questions to the experts and learn about the latest developments in dementia research.

No need to book, just come along and get involved!


Cutting-Edge Dementia Research

Monday 13 March, Café Med, Suttie Centre, Foresterhill Health Campus, from 6pm

Dr Tara Spires-Jones and Prof Craig Ritchie talk about their cutting-edge dementia research.

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