UK’s Largest Dementia Research Conference Heading for Aberdeen in 2017



Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) will bring their 2017 annual conference to the North-east following a successful, sold out 2016 conference in Manchester.

The three-day conference will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) on 13th 15th March 2017 and will welcome dementia researchers from across the UK and beyond. 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 has become a staple in the conference calendar, renowned as the perfect opportunity to share new insights and forge diverse collaborations.

ARUK funds the very best biomedical research to further our understanding of the causes of different dementias and to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Professor Bettina Platt, local conference chair for the ARUK conference and Chair of Translational Neuroscience at Aberdeen University, will be working closely with local organisations including Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust (AFCCT) who have a dementia friendly wellbeing initiative across the city of Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen Public Engagement with Research Unit and NHS Grampian who hold an annual dementia care conference to deliver the public engagement element of the conference.

ARUK received additional support from the VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund which helps attract more business tourism to Scotland and increases Scotland’s competitiveness within the international conventions market.

Local conference Chair, Professor Betinna Platt said, “This is the first time the annual ARUK conference is coming to Aberdeen. We are hoping that this event will inspire not only scientists but also the general public to engage with a topic that affects all of us. We are certainly looking forward to presenting exciting new research and providing a platform for challenging discussions and networking!”.

The annual ‘PhD Day’, which kicks-off the three day conference, is designed to give students an opportunity to meet and present their work to peers in a relaxed environment, along with a careers session to help navigate their academic career.

Jane Elsom, Research Projects Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said, “The first Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference had 12 delegates and it’s fantastic to see the event go from strength to strength, now attracting nearly 500 researchers a year. Dementia is our greatest medical challenge and scientific collaboration is critical in the hunt for desperately needed treatments. Our annual conference provides the perfect opportunity for researchers from across the world to meet, share and debate new ideas, and forge new partnerships to accelerate dementia research. We look forward to coming to Aberdeen in 2017 and working with researchers across Scotland to develop a stimulating conference programme.”

Associations Sales Manager at AECC, Steven Daun, said “The announcement of the ARUK Conference is a strong addition to the Association conferences in Aberdeen and AECC over the coming years. It has been fantastic working with Professor Platt and her team at University of Aberdeen to help bring this conference to Aberdeen.  The pioneering research funded by ARUK is fantastic and they truly are making a real difference to people’s lives.”


For further information, please contact Susan Kerr, PR & Marketing Executive at AECC on [email protected] or 01224 330 479.


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