We are delighted to introduce our second ambassador, Dr Selina Wray who is an Alzheimer’s Research UK scientist at University College London. Our first ambassador, folk singer Kate Rusby, was announced earlier this year.

Selina hopes to contribute to our newsletter each issue with research news which we will all be interested to read about. We would also like to mention that Selina recently won a ‘Proud of Barnsley’ award in the exceptional achievement category and we send our congratulations.

Selina said: “It’s a real pleasure to introduce myself as a new ambassador for BIADS. I’m Barnsley born and bred – growing up on St Georges Road in the town centre and attending Holgate School and Barnsley College. I moved away for university and for the past six years I’ve worked at UCL Institute of Neurology in London, which is one of the UK’s top research institutes for dementia research. It’s a real privilege to be able to work in such an important area, and I think this is a time of real optimism in dementia research with new breakthroughs happening all the time.

Our ultimate aim is to develop new treatments that slow down or stop progression of the diseases that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. This will make a huge difference to people living with dementia and their families. However, until those treatments are available its crucial we maintain a ‘Care today, Cure tomorrow’ approach, and make sure people living with dementia are supported to have the fullest quality of life for the longest time possible. So when people ask me what services are available for people living with dementia, I’m proud to be able to reference BIADS as an example of an organisation that helps people maintain that fullest quality of life. I’m incredibly proud and excited to be involved with such an incredible organisation in my role as ambassador. As well as research, we also work hard at the Institute (together with charities such as Alzheimer’s Research UK) to raise awareness of dementia and dispel the myths and stigma that can be associated with the condition. My aim here is to highlight key breakthroughs in dementia research and also look at the science behind the headlines. I look forward to updating you on our research in future newsletters!”