Exeter dementia researchers go the distance with run challenge for Alzheimer’s charity

A group of eight dementia researchers from the University of Exeter are aiming to run more than 180 miles to raise funds for charity.

The scientists have all signed up for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Running Down Dementia challenge – a 300km run to raise money for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Before the end of the summer the Exeter team – part of a large world leading group trying to understand how genes affect the brain – will run the equivalent of the distance between their laboratory and the Alzheimer’s Research UK head office in Cambridge.

The team has set up an online fundraising page for people to support their efforts and help the charity.

Teammate Dr Jennifer Imm, a post-doctoral researcher, said: “Through family members I have seen the loss that dementia causes, and I passionately believe scientific research done by labs like mine will provide us with the breakthroughs that change people’s lives.

“As scientists, we have firsthand experience of the vital work that Alzheimer’s Research UK does to make pioneering dementia research possible.

“Taking part in Running Down Dementia to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK is our way of saying thank you to them and their dedicated supporters who make our work possible.

“There is an urgent need to support charities during these uncertain times.”

Running Down Dementia challenges people to run, walk or jog either 100km, 300km, or their own bespoke distance before the end of August to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The Exeter team are part of a large world leading group trying to understand how genes affect the brain.

Part of their work focusses on how and why small changes in genes can affect a person’s risk of developing dementia.

Megan Ruddlesden, sporting events manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “More than half of UK adults know someone with dementia and there are 1,402 people in Exeter alone living with the condition.

“Today, there are no effective treatments to slow, stop or prevent the diseases that cause dementia, but scientists like Jenny are working hard to change that.”

She added: “We are so grateful to everyone, including this group of dedicated researchers in Exeter, who are clocking up the kilometers for Running Down Dementia.

“Now more than ever, the vital funds raised will be critical in our mission to make breakthroughs possible for people with dementia that will keep them connected to their families, their worlds and themselves for longer.”

Sponsor the team here.

To sign up for Running Down Dementia, see here.

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