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Dementia Research Charity #Chatathon LIVE

02/12/2022 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 pm

2nd December 9am to 9.30pm www.chatathon.uk


The 2022 Dementia Research Chatathon LIVE will take place on Friday 2nd December, in a marathon livestream running from 9.00am to 9.00pm.

Adam Smith will host this 12+ hours non-stop chat with over 60 researchers and special guests working accross all areas of discovery to beat Alzheimer’s disease and all forms of dementia. Raising money for research and providing insights into the latest research taking place across the UK and Worldwide.

Aimed at anyone with an interest in Dementia Research, and providing an oppertunity to put your questions to leading experts.

Watch LIVE on YouTube (and set yourself a reminder) and donate whatever you can.

This year’s event is raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Race Against Dementia and The Lewy Body Society.





09:00 – 09:05 Let’s get started – introducing the day Adam Smith
09:05 – 09:30 Why is research important? Chris Roberts
Jayne Goodrick
09:30 – 10:00 Clinical trials, Lewy bodies and what sleep can tell us Olga Borejko – Project Manager, King’s College London
Victoria Grace Gabb – Research Associate, University of Bristol & Southmead Hospital
10:00 – 10:30 Smart brain imaging to understand disease Scott Mitchell special session co-host – Alzheimer’s Research UK Ambassador
Dr Maura Malpetti – Race Against Dementia ARUK Fellow, University of Cambridge
Zeynep Şahin – PhD Student, King’s College London
10:30 – 11:00 Detecting dementias Dr Coco Newton – Research Fellow, University College London
Professor Jane Alty – Professor of Neurology & Consultant Neurologist, University of Tasmania
11:00 – 11:30 Digital tools to help people living with dementia Dr Aida Suarez-Gonzalez – Principal Research Fellow, University College London
Zara Page – PhD Student, University of New South Wales
Dr Tim Shakespeare – Research Acceleration Lead, Zinc
11:30 – 12:00 A diet for the brain & measuring quality of life Dr Sophia Amenyah – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Bournemouth University
Hannah Hussain – PhD Student & Pharmacist, University of Sheffield
Dr Raysa El Zein – Lecturer of Nutrition & Dementia Researcher, University of Exeter
12:00 – 12:30 Dealing with health inequalities, and helping after diagnosis Nathan Stephens – PhD Student & Unpaid care worker, University of Worcester
Dr Clarissa Giebel – Senior Research Fellow, University of Liverpool
Dr Kat Algar-Skaife – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
12:30 – 13:00 Understanding the potential causes of Alzheimer’s with Neuroscience Dr Mark Dallas – Associate Professor in Cellular Neuroscience, University of Reading
Dr Richard Lofthouse – Research Fellow,  University of Aberdeen & TauRx
13:00 – 13:30 Data, Omics & predicting risk and progression Dr Cristina Legido-Quigley – Head of Systems Medicine, King’s College London
Dr Petra Proitsi – ARUK Senior Post-doctoral Research Fellow, King’s College London
Dr Maryam Shoai – Senior Research Fellow in Statistical Genetics, University College London
13:30 – 14:00 Doing clever things with MRI Dr Riccardo Manca – Research Fellow. Brunel University London
Dr Jodi Watt – Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow
Dr Claire Lancaster – Research Fellow, University of Sussex
14:00 – 14:30 The essentials – lighting, drinking, good care Ellice Parkinson – PhD Student, University of East Anglia
Dr Terry Quinn – Reader & Consultant in Older Adult Medicine. University of Glasgow
Kate Turley – Computer Scientist & PhD Student in digital health for dementia, Ulster University
14:30 – 15:00 The great outdoors – the benefits of nature & tech help Dr Esme Wood – Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Gloucestershire
Dr Steven Owen – Knowledge Exchange Officer, Exeter University
Dr Stephan Price – Research Fellow & Knowledge Exchange Officer, University of Exeter
15:00 – 15:30 Biomarkers – diagnosing dementias with a drop of blood Dr Amanda Heslegrave – Senior Research Fellow, UK Dementia Research Institute, UCL
Dr Nicholas Ashton – Assistant Professor of Neurochemistry University Gothenburg & King’s College London
Dr Aitana Sogorb-Esteve – Race Against Dementia / ARUK Fellow, University College London
15:30 – 16:00 Genomics and big data to find new medicines & help diagnosis Dr Danielle Newby – Postdoctoral Data Scientist, University of Oxford
Dr Laura Winchester – ARUK Research Fellow, University of Oxford
16:00 – 16:30 Magnetoencephalography & super microscopes to understand Frontotemporal dementia Anna Sanchez Avila – PhD Student, University of Dundee
Rebecca Williams – PhD Student, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge
16:30 – 17:00 Special Guests Still working on it
Probably someone really interesting
17:00 – 17:30 Involving people in research Dr Catherine Quinn – Associate Professor Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, University of Bradford
Dr Catherine Charlwood – IDEAL Research Translation & Impact Manager, University of Exeter
Nikita Sharma – Postgraduate student (Pursuing MD), Meerut, India
17:30 – 18:00 Caring care in Care Homes Professor Claire Surr – Professor of Dementia Studies, Leeds Beckett University
Dr Victoria Shepherd – Senior Research Fellow, Cardiff University
18:00 – 18:30 Pathology research, learning from brain tissue & the Brain Bank Dr Lauren Walker – ARUK Research Fellow, Newcastle University
Dr Megan Torvell – Research Associate, UK Dement Research Institute, Cardiff University
Dr Keeley Brookes-Baker – Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
Joe Morgan – PhD Student, University of Salford
18:30 – 19:00 Misfolded Proteins, Nanoparticles to bust amyloid & Neurovascular functions Dr Eric Dyne – Clinical Specialist, Roche Diagnostics
Professor Louise Serpell – Professor of Biochemistry, University of Sussex
Beth Eyre – PhD Student/ Health Science Research Fellow, University of Sheffield & University of Pittsburgh
19:00 – 19:30 Faith, communication & Primary Progressive Aphasia Dr Anna Volkmer – Senior Research Fellow & Speech and Language Therapist, University College London
Dr Katherine Britt – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Cindy Weinstein – Eli and Edythe Professor of English, Caltech, USA
19:30 – 20:00 Social connectedness among latinos & exploring ethnic exclusion Nadine Mirza – Postgraudate Researcher & Research Associate, University of Manchester
Dr Mirna L. Arroyo-Miranda – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Houston
20:00 – 20:30 Dementia-related missing incidents & prevention Dr Hector Perez – Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Waterloo
Busola Adekoya – PhD Student, University of Waterloo
20:30 – 21:00 Dementia friendly oral & eye care Dr Dia Soilemezi – Senior Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth
Dr Marianne Coleman – Clinical Vision Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
21:00 – 21:30 Underlying pathology & new ways to look at Frontotemporal degeneration Dr Lucy Chisman-Russell – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College London
Professor Tammaryn Lashley – Professor of Neuroscience, University College London
21:30 Thank you and goodnight Adam Smith

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