Faculty of Health and Social Care Guest Lecture – Dr Simon Ridley

25th Feb 2016, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Simon Ridley

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Dementia is a truly global health issue, affecting 44million people worldwide. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today.  By 2025 the number is expected to rise to over one million and by 2050 it is projected to exceed 2 million. (Alzheimer’s Research UK).

The term dementia describes a set of symptoms including memory loss, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning.  This public lecture with guest speaker Dr Simon Ridley include a presentation around key challenges and progress in dementia research from both a scientific and research perspective, including areas such as epidemiology and risk reduction, dementia pathologies, new drug targets, trials and treatments, and biomarkers.

Viewed by some as having fewer opportunities in academia, this discussion will explore how dementia research capacity and initiatives, alongside the funding landscape (UK and global) can be supported.

Simon joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in January 2009. As Director of Research he is responsible for the delivery of funding programmes and partnerships. Simon follows new developments in dementia research and is a regular media spokesperson on research matters. Simon has extensive experience as a researcher and has also worked in industry. Prior to taking up post at Alzheimer’s Research UK, Simon a Research Fellow at University of Cambridge, where he also completed his PhD.

Presented by the Postgraduate Medical Institute


This event is part of a wider programme of events taking place at Edge Hill over the coming months as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016, a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

Details of all events can be found here