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Professor Lovestone, who is receiving a knighthood on 7 December, in recognition of his research into Alzheimer's disease, will be cycling to the Palace as part of a 300 mile ride for Alzheimer's Research UK.

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Simon tuning up his bike ready for the big day

Simon Lovestone is Professor of Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, and has dedicated his working life to understanding and treating Alzheimer's Disease.

 

I’m very happy to be receiving this knighthood. The past 25 years working in dementia research has been, and continues to be, the most fulfilling and rewarding experience and it has been the greatest of pleasures to work with superb scientists and students in my group and through collaboration; I am humbled by the excellence of their work and their dedication.  I hope it will also raise more awareness about Alzheimer’s and get people digging deep and donating money to Alzheimer’s Research UK. - Simon Lovestone

 

He will be doing various 'special' cycles beyond his normal commute as part of the 'Cycling Down Dementia' challenge over the next three months, with plans for: a trip of the laboratory scientists to a care home to meet residents and carers; a group ‘lab on the run’ ride, and then a brain-shaped ride around Oxford.

 

Find out more about Simon’s work and his fundraising at https://cycling-down-dementia-the-pioneer-challenge-300-miles.everydayhero.com/uk/simon-s-chasing-dementia. If you’d like to take part in the 300 mile challenge yourself, visit http://www.cyclingdowndementia.org/.