BBC film highlights dementia research 

18/05/2016 00:00 
A new BBC One film examining the science behind dementia which was partly filmed at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery airs tomorrow 19 May at 9pm.
 

In The Truth About Dementia, 71-year-old presenter and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Angela Rippon investigates the disease that took her mother’s life and is now starting to affect her friends.

Cath Mummery, consultant neurologist and head of therapeutic trials at the Dementia Research Centre (DRC), features in the programme. She talks about the groundbreaking clinical trials research that is being undertaken at the DRC and the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neuroscience Centre.

In the programme Angela also expands on one of the key topics covered in her successful BBC series aired recently - How To Stay Young - to undergo a series of tests to discover if she has any early signs of dementia, and makes the difficult decision of whether to take a genetic test that could predict her future risk.

Angela also meets families that carry a gene for early onset Alzheimer’s, and discovers how they could be play a key role in finding a cure for the disease.

In the UK there are 850,000 people living with dementia – and by 2050 the figure is projected to exceed two million.

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