Medical Research Conference Heads to Aberdeen

The annual national Alzheimer’s Research UK conference heads to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference (AECC) this month. Brought to the city by Professor Bettina Platt and her team at the University of Aberdeen; the conference takes place 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.

It is believed that 46.8 million people worldwide are living with dementia; 850,000 of these are in the UK, with over 40,000 of those aged under 65.  Dementia is not a disease, it is the umbrella term used for symptoms  such as memory loss, confusion and personality change, the main cause of this is Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Research UK Annual Conference is the UK’s largest dementia research conference, attracting nearly 500 delegates in 2016, and has become a staple in the conference calendar, renowned as the perfect opportunity to share new insights and forge diverse collaborations.

A programme of public engagement events is taking place across the city prior to the conference, aiming to raise public awareness of the disease and encourage local people to get involved.  Events include an art show, an informal singing event for those living with dementia and Science Sunday; which is taking place at Aberdeen Science Centre from 10am on Sunday 12th March, a free to attend event open to all ages, featuring a range of interactive activities and show-casing the pioneering research taking place in Aberdeen.

Director of Sales and Marketing at AECC, Louise Lonie, commented: “The Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference is a great event in our spring calendar; with a series of public engagement events taking place across the city in the lead up to the conference, highlighting the city-wide support network Aberdeen offers organisers bringing their events to Aberdeen.”


Dr Laura Phipps from Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “We are delighted to be in Aberdeen for this year’s Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference. There is a wealth of world-class dementia research going on in the city and the conference will highlight the progress scientists here and across the UK are making towards better understanding and treating the condition. The Aberdeen Conference is shaping up to be one of the largest in our history and will be an important opportunity for scientists to share their latest findings, spark new ideas and forge the collaborations needed to take on the greatest medical challenge of our time.”

“We are very keen that we make the most of having so many leading dementia experts in Aberdeen and we hope that the public will join us on 12 March for Science Sunday. There will be fun activities for the whole family as well as informative talks from scientists and doctors working to tackle dementia.”

Find out more about the free public events happening around the conference at or by calling 01223 824568.


For more information, please contact Sarah Coutts, PR & Marketing Manager at AECC, [email protected] or 01224 330460.




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Public Engagement Events:

  • 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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