Annual public event on dementia research and related work taking place in Oxford

Past Public Day events


This year's Dementia Awareness Day was held at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on the morning of Saturday March 19th, to coincide with  Brain Awareness Week. The Oxford ARUK Network Centre organised this event to discuss current dementia research taking place within the network centre, which includes the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and University of Reading. The event was open to the public and featured several short talks from scientists on a range of topics in dementia. There was also a 'Dementia Question Time' with a panel of clinicians and scientists.  

The event was a great success with a variety of exciting talks from researchers throughout the region on diverse topics. In addition, we had an extended break, where attendees were given the opportunity to chat to a variety of people from different organisations, including Alzheimer's Research UKAlzheimer's Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery InstituteYoung Dementia UKAge UKNew Dementia CareCreative Dementia and the Museum of Oxford's Memory Lane Reminiscence Group.


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Dementia Awareness public open day - Saturday MARCH 28 2015

Last year's Dementia Awareness Day was held at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on the morning of Saturday March 28th. There were a variety of exciting talks from researchers throughout the region on diverse topics.

We also had a number of information stands from a number of relevant organisations including ARUKAlzheimer's Society OxfordshireYoung DementiaAge UKCarers OxfordshireGuideposts OxfordshireNew Dementia CareOxDARE and Oxford Options Health and Wellbeing Centre



The public afternoon was held on Saturday, 22nd March 2014 from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Lecture Theatre 2, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital. Sally Magnusson, writer and broadcaster, spoke about her mother who had dementia. She recently wrote about her personal experiences in a book, “Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything”. The talks by Dr Chris Butler, Dr Steven Chance, Prof Helen Dawes and Dr Jill Betts, Dr Rupert McShane and Dr Richard Wade-Martins covered topics about frontotemporal dementia, the relationship between brain structure, understanding physical rehabiliation in brain recovery, stem cell research and the latest research in the Thames Valley region.

Alzheimer's Research UK, Alzheimer's Society, Carers Oxfordshire, NIHR Oxford BRC, OxDARE also participated at the event with information stands.

Presentation slides from the talks are available for download here:
Dr Christopher Butler - Frontotemporal Dementia
Dr Rupert McShane - From Old Age to Space Age

2013: "Do you want to know more about dementia?"

The event, held on Saturday, 16th March 2013 at the Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, was very well-attended. The talks by Dr Olaf Ansorge (NDCN), Ms Alison Cranage (ARUK), Dr Clare Mackay (Psychiatry), Dr Susannah Murphy (Psychiatry/Cognitive Health in Ageing), Dr Laura Parkkinen (NDCN), Dr Sarah Pendlebury (NIHR Oxford BRC) and Dr Claire Sexton (Psychiatry/Cognitive Health in Ageingcovered topics including the understanding of disease progression, the relationship between vascular and neurodegenerative diseases and the effects on cognitive ability and the impact of physical and mental activity on preventing cognitive decline. 

Interviews with Professor Richard Wade-Martins (Oxford Network Co-Ordinator) were broadcast live on BBC Radio Oxford, and also featured on JACKfm and Glide FM Oxfordshire. Various organisations participated and set up information stands at the event including: ARUK, AgeUK Oxfordshire, Alzheimer’s Society Oxfordshire, Carers UK Oxfordshire, DayBreak Oxford, DeNDRoN, Neighbourhood Return, Oxford Dementia and Ageing Research, Cognitive Health in Ageing, YoungDementia UK.


2012: "Talking dementia" - alzheimer's disease and other dementia research

Held on Saturday, 17th March 2012 at the Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, the talks covered topics including the context of current dementia research, genetic susceptibility to neurodegenerative disease, and the use of MRI brain scans to understand dementia.

2011: "do you want to know more about alzheimer's disease research?"

Held on Saturday, 19th March 2011 at the Academic Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, the speakers spoke on brain MRI scan procedures, the neuroanatomy of dementia and experiences of research participation.