Media

2017

Fascinating glimpse inside Bristol's giant brain bank shows where more than 1,000 organs are sliced and stored in -150°C vaults - These amazing photos show inside brain bank with more than 1,000 minds stored in its vaults.Mail Online, 20 July 2017

The Bristol bank with more than 1,000 brains in its vaults that you probably did not know about - It has been in Bristol for more than 33 years, but little is known about the Bristol brain bank. Reporter Michael Yong went to find out about the facility which is home to more than 1,000 brains. Bristol Evening Post, 9 July 2017

Bath and England lock Dave Attwood steps up to lead the fight against brain injuries - Working closely with Dr Patrick Kehoe, who heads the Dementia Research Group at the School, Attwood has spent more time with scientists discussing, and raising money for, research into concussion and the after-effects. The Telegraph, 17 January 2017

2016

Banking Britain's brains: The story of a scientific resource - Every year, hundreds of human brains are delivered to a network of special research centres. Why do these "brain banks" exist and what do they do? Rachael Buchanan was given rare access. BBC Health, 1 August 2016

SOUTH WEST DEMENTIA BRAIN BANK - I don’t usually expect the shoots I do for the Medical Research Council, of scientists and their work, to have quite such an emotional impact as this one did. blog.martinphelps, 8 April 2016

Why brains are beautiful - The pathology team at the Bristol Brain Bank had kindly allowed us to film as part of the BBC "In the Mind" season, looking at many aspects of mental health. BBC News, 16 February 2016

2015

Working life: Brain bank manager Dr Laura Palmer - Dr Laura Palmer is the manager of the South West Dementia Brain Bank at the University of Bristol, which is part of the MRC-led UK Brain Banks Network. Here she tells us about her working life, the pressure of a part-time PhD, and why people are always fascinated by her job. Insight - Medical Research Council, 14 December 2015

What happens to a donated brain? - What happens to a brain once it reaches a brain bank? How is it handled to make sure it is in the best possible state to use in research? Here Dr Candida Tasman and Dr Laura Palmer from the South West Dementia Brain Bank at the University of Bristol explain. Insight - Medical Research Council, 14 December 2015

2014

Only Fools and Horses star backs fundraising walk for dementia charity - Actor John Challis and his niece are backing a charity walk to raise money for a leading Bristol research project looking for a dementia cure. Western Daily Press, 11 October 2014

Brain researcher's charity plea - A BRISTOL woman who plays a vital role in Alzheimer's research is urging people to take part in a charity walk. Bristol Evening Post, 9 October 2014

2013

Could a common blood pressure drug slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s? - A groundbreaking trial that hopes to discover if a drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure could slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will begin shortly thanks to funding of nearly £2 million by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and managed by the National Institute for Health Research. University of Bristol, 5 March 2013

2012

UK’s top dementia research charity invites you to meet the scientists - Dementia experts from the University of Bristol will take to the stage on Monday 9 July to host a free public information evening on dementia. Univeristy of Bristol, 6 July 2012

Golden age for research into dementia in Bristol - A Bristol scientist believes the city is entering a golden age for research into dementia. Bristol Evening Post, 21 May 2012

Couple donate brains for medical research - Cotswolds couple is urging people to give brain donation a second thought. Gloucestershire Echo. 14 May 2012

Donate your brain to Alzheimer's research - People are being encouraged to make a pledge to leave their grey matter to a Bristol brain bank after they die. Bristol Evening Post, 14 May 2012

Scientist's dementia advisory role - A Bristol scientist has been invited to be an adviser for a dementia charity. Bristol Evening Post, 13 March 2012

2011

Study: Associations of anti-hypertensive treatments with Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, and other dementias

Blood pressure drugs can lower Alzheimer's risk by up to 50 per cent - Taking newer blood pressure drugs cuts the risk of Alzheimer's by up to 50 per cent, British scientists say. Daily Mail, 19 October 2011

Blood Pressure Medicines to Slash Risk of Alzheimer’s - It has been revealed in a recent report that the risk of Alzheimer’s disease can be put off by a certain extent with the help of new blood pressure drugs. French Tribune, 19 October 2011

Blood Pressure Medication Could Help Ward Off Alzheimer's, Study Shows - A type of blood pressure medication could help to combat Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The Huffington Post, 19 October 2011

Hypertension drugs may aid Alzheimer's - Hypertension drugs may aid Alzheimer's. United Press International, 18 October 2011

Blood pressure drugs could halve risk of Alzheimer's - Drugs commonly used to control high blood pressure could halve the risk of Alzheimer's and substantially reduce the chance of developing another common form of dementia, British research suggests. The Telegraph. 18 October 2011

Scientists use stem cells in fight against Alzheimer's - Bristol scientists are using stem cell technology to learn more about the progression of Alzheimer's.  Bristol Evening Post, 24 November 2011

Brain donations help battle against dementia - A Northam woman is calling for more people to think about leaving their brains to help research into dementia. North Devon Gazette, 11 November 2011

Ken leaves his brain to scientists - A Bideford man who was committed to being an organ donor has donated his brain to the Alzheimer’s Society.  North Devon Gazette, 12 October 2011

£80,000 for dementia research - Scientists in Bristol have been granted £80,000 to investigate a form of dementia.  Bristol Evening Post, Saturday, 24 September 2011

Sufferers are key to helping others Donations in an attempt to prevent suffering for thousands of people who might be struck with dementia in the future.  Bristol Evening Post, 4 June 2011

Bristol University gets machine for dementia research - Bristol University is to carry out research into the causes of dementia with a new gene analysis machine.  BBC News, 16 May 2011

2010

Discovery could help dementia - BRISTOL scientists have discovered how issues with blood flow can lead to Alzheimer's. Bristol Evening Post, 7 December 2012

Bristol dementia study gets funding boost - A major study by Bristol researchers to help doctors understand dementia has been awarded a £425,000 grant.  BBC News, 21 September 2010

BRACE - Charity Video - TWO enterprising students from Filton College in South Gloucestershire used their coursework to help local Alzheimer's disease charity Brace. 25 June 2010

2008

They can have my brain - One woman's decision to donate her mother's brain for medical research and to also bequeath her own grey matter - Bristol Evening Post, 24 November 2008

Brains plea for medical research - University scientists have issued an appeal for people to bequeath their brains to help with research into Alzheimer's disease.  BBC News, 13 November 2008

2006

Alzheimer's progress 100 years on - One hundred years since Alzheimer's disease was first described, scientists are still struggling to find a cure for it, a group of experts has said.  BBC News, November 2006

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