ARUK Conference – Aberdeen

13th-15th March was ARUK’s national conference and this year it was held in Aberdeen – nice to see this come to Scotland. Alison gave a presentation on the juniour researcher’s day and Alison, Ying and Mizuki all presented posters 

The conference was a fantastic opportunity to hear about Alzheimer’s Research throughout the UK and beyond.

Funded PhD Studentship Opportunity

As part of the SPRINT-MND/MS programme we are delighted to announce the opportunity to apply for a funded PhD position. These projects are a network of PhD studentships across Scotland designed to promote research into all aspects of motor neurone disease & multiple sclerosis.

Our project is entitled: What are the consequences of reducing the hypermetabolic rate in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis? Further details are available at

The deadline for applications is 20th January 2017 and anyone interested in applying should get in touch with us :


Grant success

We have been awarded grant funding from the Alzheimer’s Research UK Scotland Network to undertake a study entitled “The psychological and physiological impact of Adaptive Interaction in advanced dementia”. This is a collaborative venture with Dr Maggie Ellis at the University of St Andrews and we look forward to undertaking this exciting project. imgres

Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry Conference

On Wednesday 16th November Gayle attended the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland’s Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry Conference at the Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline. Our recently published work on the benefits of a small fragment of the leptin molecule in empirical models of Alzheimer’s Disease was very well received. Thank you very much for the invitation and the opportunity to present our findings to you.

Congratulations Karina!

wp_20161031_12_46_06_pro1Congratulations to our summer Laidlaw intern Karina Vitanova for winning the best poster prize for Science & Medicine at this year’s Laidlaw poster event. Karina’s poster represented her summer project investigating the potential for the neuroprotective hormone leptin to protect mitochondria from damage.

This is the second year that the Doherty group have won this prize. Last year’s winner Vanya Metodeiva (who worked on the potential of ethnopharmaceuticals to protect against neurodegeneration) is now studying for a PhD with Professor Gunn-Moore in the School of Biology, University of St Andrews.

Brain training at parkrun


A huge thank you to Noel Heaney, Stasa Tumpa and Lize Viljoen, three of our final year honours B.Sc. Neuroscience students, for their help at Explorathon 2016. We had a great time at Craigtoun park introducing the benefits of brain training and talking about St Andrews being a dementia friendly community. It was lovely to meet so many people who were interested in all we had to say.