Alzheimer’s Research UK South West Network Centre Research Conference
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  • Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

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The Alzheimer’s Research UK South West Network Centre research conference is a one-day event showcasing biomedical research in Devon and Cornwall, organised by the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. 

It will bring together dementia researchers from Plymouth University, Exeter University as well as NHS trusts throughout the South West. A keynote talk (The degradation of tau by selective autophagy) will be delivered by Professor Gail Johnson, University of Rochester, New York.

The new South West network Centre was formed jointly by Plymouth University and Exeter University in September 2014 and is one of 15 Network Centres of scientific excellence across the country, funded by the Alzheimer’s Research UK. 

Researchers here are focusing on many aspects of Alzheimer’s disease; from gaining a better understanding of rarer forms of dementia such as dementia with Lewy bodies, to examining how subtle modifications to DNA can alter the progression of Alzheimer’s. There are also strong connections with clinicians working with people with dementia.

Please register attendance via the link above.

Provisional programme

9.45-10.15 – arrival, coffee

10.15-10.20 – opening remarks

10.20 – 11.20 - Plenary lecture Professor Gail Johnson (University of Rochester, USA) 'The degradation of tau by selective autophagy'

Session I (Clinical and diagnostic of dementia)

11.20-11.40 – Dr Stephen Pearson (Plymouth University) – 'Clinical aspects of dementia' 

11.40-12.00 – speaker TBC 

12.00-12.20 – coffee break

Session II (e.g. genetic, omics, epidemiology, imaging)

12.20 – 12.50 – Dr Matt Roser (Plymouth University) “Normal ageing and the precursors of dementia investigated using brain imaging” 

12.50-13.10 – Dr Katie Lunnon (University of Exeter), title TBC 

13.10-13.30 – Dr David Llewellyn (University of Exeter), title TBC

13.30-14.30 – lunch, coffee

14.30-14.50 – PhD student talk: Matt Devall (University of Exeter)

Session III (e.g. physiology/animal models)

14.50- 15.10 – Dr Torsen Bossing (Plymouth University) 'Is neuronal death in Alzheimer Disease caused by misguided brain repair mechanisms?'

15.10 – 15.40 – Dr Jon Brown (University of Exeter) 'Functional disruption of hippocampal and cortical circuits in tauopathy'

15.40-16.00 – Dr Oleg Anichtchik (Plymouth University) 'Aggregation of alpha-synuclein as a cause of memory deficit in the animal model of dementia with Lewy bodies'

16.00 – End of the conference

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