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Dementia research scientist runs in memory of grandfather

Author: Nathan | Posted: 23rd January 2017 | Category: General News


A dementia researcher for Alzheimer’s Research UK is raising money for the charity and paying tribute to his grandfather by taking part in the Surrey half marathon.

Dr Stephen Wren, who works at the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, researches novel ways of treating dementia by looking at the mechanisms behind the condition.

After joining the institute in 2015 and experiencing first had the work that Alzheimer’s Research UK funds and facilitates, he was determined to raise as much money for the charity as possible, his grandfather’s experience with dementia providing extra motivation for both his work and his fundraising.

Dr Wren, who took up running five years ago and has been taking part in marathons ever since, said: “Dementia is an increasing problem throughout the world.

The institute where Dr Wren works is part of the wider Drug Discovery Alliance, funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, which aims to streamline drug discovery and turn promising research into potential treatments.

Dr Wren added: “Dementia research is severely underfunded compared to other major diseases, which is why I’ve decided to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Research UK by running the Surrey Half Marathon.

“Everyone’s been really supportive and I hope I can do them proud.”

The Buckinghamshire-based scientist was injured while training for the Abingdon Marathon last year and had to pull out, but signed up for March’s half marathon after a few months’ recovery, with a fundraising target of £300.

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