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Amazing progress

25 July 2011

Journalist, TV presenter and Alzheimer’s campaigner, Fiona Phillips has hailed the "amazing progress" of Research Institute scientists in working towards a cure for Alzheimer’s.

The new Cardiff University Fellow made her comments during a visit to the University’s flagship MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics and Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute to discuss the latest Alzheimer’s research findings.

As part of her visit, Fiona met with key figures including Professor Julie Williams. In April 2011, Professor Williams identified an additional five new genes – bringing the total number of genes that increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s to ten.

Discovering the five new genes enabled the team to identify a series of patterns – where they are able to tell there is something different about the responses of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

After watching Professor Julie Williams at work, she hailed the "amazing progress" of leading Welsh scientists in working towards a cure, which would lighten the load for people like her.

Watch coverage of Fiona Phillips visit to the Research Institute