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UK DRI and coronavirus – Updated Information

The coronavirus pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge. The situation is rapidly evolving. We will update this page with the latest information relevant to UK DRI activities.

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Coronavirus testing: Robotic platform developed by UK DRI researchers set to significantly increase UK testing capacity

A robotic testing platform developed in just nine days by UK DRI researchers could substantially increase the UK’s capacity to test people for coronavirus.

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Mapping the Alzheimer’s brain: major new project to discover disease mechanisms

A new UK DRI initiative to create an ‘atlas’ of the brain at different stages of Alzheimer’s disease is set to rapidly improve our understanding of the processes that lead to people developing the illness.

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Building a culture of translation at UK DRI

We have a clearly defined goal at the UK DRI to develop effective therapeutics and technologies for dementia. Alongside building our disease knowledge over the coming years, we must also make progress in translating these discoveries into the clinic. We spoke to our new Director of Innovation & Business at UK DRI HQ, Dr Kay Penicud, about her new role and how she will be helping researchers realise the full potential of their discoveries.

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Teaming up with the British Neuroscience Association for their Festival of Neuroscience in 2021

The UK DRI is delighted to announce that we are partnering with the British Neuroscience Association (BNA) for their Festival of Neuroscience in 2021, Brighton. We'll have the fantastic opportunity to help shape and steer the whole event, as well as designing our own scientific and public programme streams in the Festival.

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From the latest publications & awards, to new researchers & initiatives

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Energising collaboration: First cross-centre postdoctoral research awards announced

We believe that collaboration will be at the heart of future breakthroughs for people affected by dementia. To stimulate productive new academic relationships, we recently launched our cross-centre postdoctoral researcher scheme and are delighted to announce the successful projects which span development of sophisticated new biomarkers to pioneering characterisation of synaptic changes in Alzheimer’s disease.

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New recruits

Introducing Blanca Diaz-Castro, UK DRI at Edinburgh: The role of the star-spangled blood-brain-barrier in dementia

The unique expertise at the UK DRI at Edinburgh take a holistic approach to tackling dementia, elucidating the interactions within and between the brain vasculature, neurons, macroglia and microglia which are thought to play a major part in the trajectory of neurodegenerative disorders. The centre’s newest Group Leader Dr Blanca Diaz-Castro, discusses her role in this strategy, the expertise she brings to the centre and her latest publication.

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New Networks

Connecting our Early Career Researchers

Cardiff researchers are organising a range of initiatives aimed specifically at early career researchers (ECRs), leading to the establishment of an institute-wide network for UK DRI ECRs.

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We're not a traditional research institute

We have seven centres hosted in universities across the UK. Find out more about how they're tackling dementia from every angle.

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