The cause: gearing up to beat dementia

Gearing up to beat dementia

Gearing up to beat dementia

Life Cycle 5 is raising funds for dementia research. All donations will help pave the way to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.

Why gear up to beat dementia?

Improving our understanding of dementia is of vital importance to

  • guide the search for effective treatment and
  • develop care that improves the quality of life of those with the condition

Over 800,000 people in the UK have dementia and patients live on average for 8-10 years from the first symptoms. According to one estimate, one in three of us has a family member or close friend who is affected. Yet, dementia attracts only 1/12th of the research funding devoted to cancer.

That is why the University’s dementia research will be the focus of fundraising by Life Cycle 5 in 2015.

Dementia can reduce an independent, healthy individual to one who struggles in most aspects of life and who must rely heavily on the care provided by others. It may be accompanied by many difficult behavioural and psychological changes which threaten the quality of life for both patient and relatives including:

  • aggression
  • anxiety
  • hallucinations
  • and culturally inappropriate behaviours

Well, I need a punch bag. I says, you know, um, some form of punch bag. I need to get rid of my frustrations. Because... you know, you do take it out on your nearest and dearest.

Fred, dementia sufferer


Useful links



Free online support for carers

With the support of charitable donations, the University has been able to launch IDEA (Improving Dementia Education Awareness) to provide free online resources and support for families and professional carers in order to improve the quality of life for people with dementia.


Our solution

Life Cycle 5 aims to raise £350,000 to apply the University’s world-leading expertise in MRI scanning to the study of dementia and other degenerative conditions of the brain.

MRI was developed at The University of Nottingham in the 1970s by Sir Peter Mansfield who was awarded the 2003 Nobel prize for Medicine for his work. Professor Peter Morris worked alongside Sir Peter and is now the Director of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre at the University.

A major grant from the Medical Research Centre will provide:

  • leading-edge MRI scanning systems
  • thousands of times more sensitive than conventional scanning

Life Cycle 5 will enable Professor Morris’s team to be the first in the world to use this technology to understand the different ways in which dementia damages brain cells. This will pave the way for:

  • earlier diagnosis
  • development of treatment tailored for individual patients

MRI results are checked in the University's hyperpolorisation imaging facility


Your support

Help make this world-leading research possible:

  • Support a Life Cycle 5 challenge rider as they cycle from coast to coast across England and from lochs to glens through Scotland
  • Make a donation

Please help us gear up to beat dementia.

My wife is no longer safe to go out on her own so I had to stop work to become her full time carer. There is a grieving process that you go through because the person that you used to know isn’t there any more.

Richard, carer for his wife Elizabeth


The thing that makes me saddest is that one day when I have a child I will have to tell the story of who my mum was because her capabilities are no longer visible.

Benjamin, son of Marcia who has dementia


Ben with his mum Marcia, who has dementia




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