January 25, 2016, by Charlotte Anscombe
Life Cycle 5 raises nearly £360,000 for dementia research
Life Cycle 5 concluded with a bang last week, when a cheque totalling £359,142 was presented to Professor Peter Morris CBE, the Head of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre at The University of Nottingham.
Life Cycle 5 has exceeded its £350,000 target to apply the University’s world-leading expertise in MRI scanning to the study of dementia and other degenerative conditions of the brain.
This year’s challenge saw a series of sponsored rides taking in some of the hilliest parts of England and Scotland including the ‘Way of the Roses’, one of Britain’s best coast to coast routes, and ‘Lochs and Glens’, a stunning route between Inverness and Glasgow.
Since its launch in 2011, Life Cycle has now raised over £1.8million for a variety of causes including stroke rehabilitation and the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.
The Cheque presentation saw Professor Sir David Greenaway present the cheque to Professor Peter Morris CBE who will be leading the research supported this year, (Peter was recently awarded a CBE for services to science and medicine in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2016).
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Greenaway said: “One in three of us have a relative or close friend who is a dementia patient and that is a massive incidence. Presently, dementia attracts about 8 per cent of the funding that goes to cancer research, so there is a big funding gap there.
“This funding will allow us to use our Nobel Prize-winning MRI research to underpin ways of understanding better how dementia affects the brain. “