Can we stop ageing?
We’re pretty obsessed with the concept of ageing. Ancient civilizations supposedly sought an ‘elixir of life’, and today many of us get hung up on finding a way to ‘younger looking skin’… But what’s the science behind ageing? What determines the life expectancy of a species and – time for the 'big question' – can we stop ageing? We ask Alison...
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The Medical Sciences Division is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for biomedical and clinical research and teaching and is the largest of the four academic divisions within the University.
Over 5500 academics, researchers, NHS clinicians and GPs, and administrative staff, 1400 graduate and 1600...
Explosions 3 - Health and Big Data
Professor Gil McVean explains what Big Data is and how it can be used to better understand and treat complex conditions, such as heart disease and dementia.
My research focusses on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which are diseases where brain cells get sick and die. In particular, I study the role of microglia (a type of brain cell) and whether we can improve their function using drugs. My work uses human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), made by reprogramming adult skin cells, and...
Upcoming Event – Age of Champions Film Screening
We are excited to be hosting a free community screening of the award-winning documentaryAge of Champions on Monday 15th April at 7.00pm at the Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford, to promote active ageing, health and fitness in the Oxford community.
Upcoming Event – Dementia Awareness Open Day
What can we learn from the human brain to better understand the mechanism of disease progression? What is the relationship between vascular and neurodegenerative disease? How do these diseases affect human cognitive ability, and how could increasing physical and mental activity potentially improve cognitive health and prevent cognitive decline...
Are exhausts causing dementia?
When you walk down the street or you stand waiting for a bus you are exposed to breathing in the fumes of passing vehicles. In our latest podcast we look at the tiny particles within these fumes to find out what they could be doing to our health.
Teaming up with Oxford University of Earth Science and Lancaster University, we ask the...
Discovering life-changing dementia treatments
Your beautiful, complex brain is a network of microscopic cells that connect together to form your thoughts and personality, and control your body. The network is fragile and requires constant upkeep, like a garden. The brain has its own gardeners, specialised cells called microglia. In this animation we look at how researchers at the...
Upcoming Event: Oxfordshire Dementia Awareness Campaign
The Oxfordshire Dementia Awareness Campaign, hosted by Oxfordshire Dementia Empowerment Group, continues with an Open Afternoon on the 22nd May at the Civic Hall in Wantage between 1 and 4 pm.