How neuroscience helps us understand and find treatments for dementia
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How neuroscience helps us understand and find treatments for dementia

How neuroscience helps us understand and find treatments for dementia

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As the age of the population increases, dementia is becoming increasingly frequent in western countries. Already there are more than 700,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is likely to double in the next 30 years.

Clive Ballard

Professor Clive Ballard and his research group at King's College London uses a variety of scientific approaches to understand the basis of key symptoms in people with dementia, to determine the mechanisms underlying dementia and to develop new treatments, with a particular emphasis on non-Alzheimer’s dementia such as those related to stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and Downs Syndrome.

The Anne Silk Lecture is kindly supported by The Silk Trust, a charity founded in 2001 in memory of the late Frederick Silk. It is primarly engaged in supporting research and development in the fields of neuroscience, neurodegeneration and Motor Neuron Disease. Anne Silk, a retired clinician, will be attending the lecture herself. 

We warmly invite everyone with an interest in neuroscience, memory, the brain, why it forgets and what happens in dementia, to come and join us for this free public lecture.



More about BNA2017:Festival of Neuroscience 

BNA2017 is held by the British Neuroscience Association as a celebration of everything to do with the brain and nervous system. BNA2017 is one of the largest international meetings of neuroscientists in Europe in 2017, and presents the ideal opportunity for neuroscientists to share their excitement and interest in their research with wider society. Find out about the rest of our public programme during BNA2017.

More about Anne Silk and the Silk Trust

Anne Silk's Wimpole Stree contact lens consultancy practice saw patients referred from ophthalmologists, privately, the NHS and from many countries in the Middle East.  She specialised in keratoconus, keratoplasty, aphakia, traumatised corneae and dry eyes.

She was Master of her City Livery Company (first woman in 350 years) and was elected to the General Optical Council. In 2005 she was invited to join the HPA Electromagnetic Field Discussion Group at Harwell, She was Chair of NHS DenDron Neuro Research Steering Group at Oxford and a member of the Department of Health SAGE III Science Forum.  Anne has published many papers on human effects of electromagnetic fields. 

In 2014, Anne was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the Vice Chancellor of Bournemouth University.  This was in recognition of her distinguished career in Ophthalmology and also her support for research in the neurosciences. 

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