Aberdeen to host UK's largest dementia research conference

Alzheimer's Research UK (ARUK) has revealed its annual conference will take place at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) next year.

AECC Aberdeen
AECC Aberdeen
It will be the first time the conference, which was held in Manchester this year, will visit Aberdeen.

The three-day event will welcome dementia researchers from across the UK and beyond to the city from 13-15 March to hear the latest findings – from discoveries in the laboratory to clinical perspectives.

Jane Elsom, research projects manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, commented: "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."

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, University of Aberdeen Public Engagement with Research Unit and NHS Grampian to deliver the public engagement element of the conference.

"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," she said. "We are certainly looking forward to presenting exciting new research and providing a platform for challenging discussions and networking."

Steven Daun, associations sales manager at AECC, added: "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."


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