Dementia research gets cash boost

Cambridge scientists have been given a financial boost after Alzheimer’s Research UK committed a record amount of money to new research projects.

The dementia research charity pledged a further £5.5m investment in new projects, increasing its current commitment to research to over £20m.

The announcement, which coincides with World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September), includes awards worth £192,112 for researchers at the University of Cambridge.

The cash will allow scientists at the University to study how amyloid and tau – two proteins that are the main hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease – build in the brain and become toxic to brain cells.