Dr Simon Ridley, Director of Research at the charity Alzheimer’s Research, visited Edge Hill to deliver a public lecture titled Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias as part of the Festival of Ideas 2016 series, exploring culture, health and society.

Dementia is a global health issue, affecting around 44 million people across the world, and 850,000 living in the UK. The number of people living with Dementia is on the increase and in the UK, the number is expected to rise to over one million by 2025.

During the lecture, Simon discussed the key challenges and progress in Dementia research from both a scientific and research perspective, as well as exploring how Dementia research capacity and initiatives, alongside the finding landscape can be supported.

In the video below, Simon speaks to Edge Hill Alumnus Gareth Dowling who is the Dementia Action Alliance Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society. They discuss Dementia and Alzheimer’s and the difference between them, the importance of timely diagnosis and cautious optimism around new treatments.

Simon joined Alzheimer’s Research UK in January 2009. As Director of Research he is responsible for the delivery of funding programmes and partnerships, and follows new developments in Dementia, regularly speaking to the media about 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, he was a Research Fellow at University of Cambridge, where he also completed his PhD.