"I am excited to be part of this nationwide team of experts dedicated to tackling dementia through research, and to be supporting new discoveries and breakthroughs for people living with the condition" Sam Jackson
UK DRI Tools and Technology Platform Manager
Roles & Responsibilities: Sam’s role is to enable high-quality, cutting-edge science by ensuring the UK DRI has access to both established and emerging technologies. By creating shared technology platforms and supporting these with dedicated expertise, he will facilitate new avenues of scientific investigation and collaboration for the institute’s researchers and ensure they have the best tools to perform world-leading dementia research.
Sam joined the UK DRI as Tools and Technology Platform Manager in April 2020, following on from a Programme Manager role at the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research. During that time, he managed a programme of work to reduce or refine animal use across a range of research areas including cancer research and safety pharmacology, and to determine the translational validity of animal models. Prior to that, Sam carried out research into multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease at Eli Lilly & Company, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, US.
Sam completed an MRes at the University of Manchester in 2000, and was awarded a PhD from UCL in 2004 after studying the neurobiology of the cannabinoid system in relation to neuroprotection in multiple sclerosis.
As well as being a self-professed geek who loves figuring out how things work, Sam co-runs an independent record label and produces music with upcoming artists. He has a passion for sci-fi literature and canyoning.