Collaborators
"Collaboration is at the heart of our institute; across our centres and beyond.​ We're proud and grateful for the opportunity to work closely with many researchers beyond the UK DRI who share our vision to conquer dementia." Prof Bart De Strooper and Dr Adrian Ivinson
UK DRI Directors

1. UK DRI Associated Members

Our growing community of UK DRI Group Leaders must constantly interact and collaborate with other investigators locally, nationally and internationally to progress the field of dementia research. 

Whilst collaboration is second nature to the UK DRI and happens without central consideration, we additionally identify a select group of investigators with whom a longer-term relationship is valuable for both parties, and ultimately for people affected by dementia. 

UK DRI Associated Members contribute real value to the UK DRI mission. They interact closely with one or more UK DRI Group Leaders and engage closely with the institute's intellectual environment. Associated Members can also apply for central UK DRI initiatives in partnership with a UK DRI Group Leader, contribution to UK DRI themes and workshops and access shared technology platforms.

In return, the UK DRI benefits from Associated Members' skills, knowledge, energy and collaborative spirit.

2. UK DRI Collaborating Fellows

We're glad to acknowledge the contributions of many colleagues who work closely with one or more of our UK DRI centres. 

Collaborating Fellows, including ERC, Henry Dale Fellows and Sêr Cymru Fellows, are closely aligned to our vision and mission and bring an additional vitality and strength to our work.

These fellows are fully integrated into the institute and benefit from support from the UK DRI.

3. UK DRI Momentum Awardees

As the UK DRI was being set up, the MRC instigated some institutional pump priming awards for dementia research. The purpose of this rapid action call in 2016 was to boost the UK research base in biomedical science, in readiness for the the formation of the UK DRI.

Some of the Momentum Awardees are embedded within universities which were later appointed as a UK DRI centre, and others we work with beyond.

4. Meet the team

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Chris Ponting

  • UK DRI Associated Member
  • Computational and Disease Genomics
  • Edinburgh, Collaborators
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Cynthia Sandor

Cynthia Sandor

  • UK DRI Collaborating Fellow
  • Identification of the molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson's disease variation, severity and progression
  • Cardiff, Collaborators
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Dario Alessi

Dario Alessi

  • UK DRI Associated Member, Dundee
  • Understanding signalling pathways mutated in inherited disorders
  • Edinburgh, Collaborators
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Dobril Ivanov2

Dobril Ivanov

  • UK DRI Collaborating Fellow
  • Deconvoluting the Dementia Phenotype using Functional Genomics and Computational Approaches
  • Cardiff, Collaborators
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Gaynor Smith5

Gaynor Smith

  • UK DRI Momentum Award
  • The pathological Role of Risk Genes and Ageing in Drosophila
  • Cardiff, Collaborators
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Georgina Menzies2

Georgina Menzies

  • UK DRI Collaborating Fellow
  • Structural and functional investigations into the outcomes of genetic studies
  • Cardiff, Collaborators
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Josef Priller2

Josef Priller

  • UK DRI Momentum Award
  • Myeloid cells in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Edinburgh, Collaborators
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Lesley Jones

  • UK DRI Associated Member
  • Research area: Genetic modifiers of Huntington's disease
  • Cardiff, Collaborators
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Nigel Hooper

  • UK DRI Momentum Award, Manchester
  • Bringing new ways of thinking and new approaches to dementia discovery science
  • Collaborators
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Owen Peters2

Owen Peters

  • UK DRI Momentum Award
  • Understanding the role of neurodegenerative disease risk genes in the ageing nervous system
  • Cardiff, Collaborators
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Seth Grant

Seth Grant

  • UK DRI Associated Member
  • Synaptic proteomic/phospho-proteome analyses in human and rodent brains
  • Edinburgh, Collaborators
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Tom Lancaster

Thomas Lancaster

  • UK DRI Collaborating Fellow
  • Imaging immunity in the genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease
  • Cardiff, Collaborators
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Yoav Ben-Shlomo

  • UK DRI Momentum Award, Bristol
  • Using new technologies to identify cognitive decline
  • Collaborators
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Zameel Cader

  • UK DRI Momentum Award, Oxford
  • Developing research tools for microglia
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