Brain Sciences


Join the Dementia Research Chatathon LIVE

2 September 2020

Researcher Adam Smith (NIHR Dementia Researcher service and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) has organised the Dementia Research Chatathon LIVE to raise much-needed funding for Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK).


Taking place on the 7th September from 9.00am to 9.00pm (BST), Adam Smith hopes to raise awareness of some of the work being undertaken to help prevent, diagnose, care, treat and understand Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and to raise funding for ARUK.  

Adam Smith explained how he came up with the idea for a Chatathon: “Like many researchers, I have benefited from charity funding. They have been hit hard by the pandemic, so, I wanted to see what I could do to help. I spent much of August completing a 250-mile cycling challenge for Alzheimer’s Society and then got to thinking about what I could do for ARUK. I’ve been hosting podcasts and webinars for Dementia Researcher for a few years, and so I floated the idea of a Chatathon on twitter, just to see if anyone would be interested in being a guest, and I was overwhelmed by the response. Dozens of researchers want to do what they can to help, and that was it, the event was born.”

The packed programme has something for everyone and includes people from every field of dementia research. If you have time on the 7th September, drop in to watch one of the sessions, you can also post questions in the stream feed, and on twitter using #Chatathon.

On the event website you will find details of the full scheduleguests, how to access the live-stream and how to donate. The event will be video streamed via Zoom and YouTube, and via audio-only on Periscope, aimed at anyone interested in knowing more about dementia research. Adam explains that whilst the researchers’ work may be highly complex, the discussion will aim to ensure everyone can understand.