Five years of innovation
in discovery science

The UK’s leading biomedical research institute
dedicated to neurodegenerative diseases

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How UK DRI pilot funding kicked off an independent research career: in conversation with Dr Emma Clayton

For International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we spoke to Dr Emma Clayton (UK DRI at King’s), one of the UK DRI’s newest Emerging Leaders. She told us about how she first became inspired to pursue science, her current research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia, and her passion for public engagement.

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Introducing Gregory Scott, UK DRI Centre for Care Research & Technology

Dr Gregory Scott recently became a Group Leader at the UK DRI Centre for Care Research and Technology. A neurologist with a unique perspective, afforded by his background in computer science, his research combines engineering, neuroscience, and translational medicine. Here, Dr Scott discusses what inspired him to pursue neuroscience, why he wanted to become a UK DRI Group Leader, and his recently awarded NIHR Advanced Fellowship.

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Partnering with the British Heart Foundation to establish a Centre for Vascular Dementia Research

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), to establish the UK’s first research Centre dedicated to finding new treatments to prevent, halt and ultimately find cures for vascular dementia.

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Three new Trustees to bring unique expertise to UK DRI Board

We are pleased to announce that three new Trustees will join our Board this year. Joining the nine existing Trustees, the new Board members bring a wealth of expertise that will prove invaluable to the Institute as it enters its next phase under new Director Prof Siddharthan Chandran. The three new Trustees are Emma Whitcombe (Charity Consultant), Rabia Khan (Serna Bio) and Roudie Shafie (OVID Health).

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Research partners

Building connections across the dementia ecosystem

The Dementia UK Ecosystem (DUKE) brings together leaders from the UK DRI, Dementias Platform UK, the National Institute for Health Research, the pharmaceutical industry, and funders to create a cohesive community, coordinating efforts to accelerate progress in tackling dementia.

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Trial recruitment

Get involved in dementia research

Group Leader Dr Nir Grossman (UK DRI at Imperial) is leading a new trial using deep electrical currents applied to the brain of people living with Alzheimer's disease. The team are recruiting participants over the next year.

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Discovering hope
for dementia

Find out how we are leading the
journey of discovery in dementia

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Translation and innovation

Turning breakthroughs into treatments

We have a clearly defined vision at the UK DRI to develop effective therapeutics, diagnostics and technologies for people living with dementia. Alongside building our disease knowledge over the coming years, we will also make progress in translating these discoveries into the clinic.

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Science Vision

Our priorities as a research institute

We accelerate, innovate, deepen and broaden discovery science in dementia, with the goal of filling the huge knowledge gap in this field. We exist to bring forward the day when research benefits people living with and those at risk of dementia.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration and connection

Our efforts to increase the diversity of our team, ensure inclusion and promote equality of opportunity, align with our vision for the UK DRI’s Institute culture and identity as a world-leader in dementia research.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
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Research themes

Bringing together researchers to address major scientific questions

We study a range of neurodegenerative disorders that cause dementia. Many of them share fundamental disease mechanisms and characteristics, and greater understanding gained in one can often benefit others. To ensure we capitalise on diverse expertise, approaches and perspectives, we have established cross-centre themes.

Research themes