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Lab profiles

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Care Research & Technology Centre

Harnessing technology to support people living with dementia now

The UK DRI Care Research & Technology Centre brings together scientists from a range of backgrounds, including medicine, engineering, computer science and synthetic biology to develop a range of innovative ‘smart’ technologies – from artificial intelligence to sleep monitoring – to enable people affected by dementia to live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

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Caleb Webber

Director appointed to capitalise on innovations in informatics and data science

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Prof Caleb Webber as UK DRI Director of Informatics. In this new role, Prof Webber will be responsible for developing and implementing an Institute-wide strategy to harness the power of data resources and tools in our mission to find new treatments and technologies for dementia.

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Stressed Cells Offer Clues To Eliminating Aggregates

‘Stressed’ cells offer clues to eliminating build-up of toxic proteins in dementia

A study led by Dr Edward Avezov (UK DRI at Cambridge) has uncovered a new mechanism that might help prevent the build-up of tangles of proteins commonly seen in dementia.

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Race to Cures

Our new report on how discovery research will
fast-track dementia treatments

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UK DRI at King's spin-out receives £56M investment for gene therapy in Frontotemporal dementia

Co-founded by Prof Chris Shaw (UK DRI at King's), AviadoBio will use a patented gene therapy platform to develop innovative treatments for people living with neurodegenerative diseases. If successful, these treatments have the potential to permanently correct faulty genes, transforming the lives of individuals affected.

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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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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.

Translation and innovation
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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

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It was great to welcome everyone to the launch event for our Care Research & Technology Centre last week! If you…
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