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By joining the UK DRI you’ll belong to a team of fantastic researchers, technical specialists and professional support staff passionate about accelerating the discovery, development and delivery of interventions that will help diagnose, treat and ultimately prevent dementia, directly benefitting people affected by dementia, their carers, families and the community.

We’re looking for brilliant people with diverse perspectives. Together our unique contributions will transform the range and pace of research on dementia. You’ll be supported by the very best tools and resources and join a culture that encourages high risk/reward science and sharing of ideas.

We are a vibrant, ambitious and interactive community. We offer opportunities at all career levels for scientists and support staff in our seven centres across the UK, as well as in our London-based HQ team.

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UK DRI at The University of Cambridge

From biological to physical sciences: working across disciplines to boost our understanding of the processes underlying the earliest stages of neurodegeneration and ageing.

  • Specialisms at Cambridge
  • Molecular and cellular biological approaches to understanding disease mechanisms
  • Proteostasis, translational control at the synapse, myelin/axon interactions in neuronal health and disease
  • Biomechanics of brain ageing and its role in disease processes and therapy
  • Inter-disciplinary science, including biophysics and chemistry
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    The UK DRI at The University of Cambridge focuses on the mechanistic processes involved in the earliest stages of neurodegenerative disease to identify therapeutic targets with the greatest potential to prevent dementia. These processes include the spreading of misfolded tau protein, the cold shock protein response in the repair of synapses and autophagy as a protective cellular response, all of which are relevant to several different types of dementia.

    The team uses cellular and molecular approaches to better characterise these important processes with a strong emphasis on identifying molecular targets that can be rapidly translated into new dementia treatments for those in the early stages.

    UK DRI at The University of Cambridge, embraces biological and physical sciences in the newly refurbished Island Research Building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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  • Research Assistant / Research Associate, UK DRI at University of Cambridge - Avezov Lab

    The UK DRI is inviting applications for a Research Assistant or Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Dr Edward Avezov's laboratory as a part of a multidisciplinary project supported by The Evelyn Trust at the department of Clinical Neurosciences, UK Dementia Research Institute in Cambridge, based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The post holder will be expected to lead the development of methods to control intracellular localisation of amyloid precursor proteins and to apply these in brain cell models to study and gain the ability to mitigate protein aggregation-related damage. The project will be conducted in collaboration with Cambridge Department of Chemistry, Centre for Misfolding Diseases. You will hold a degree in biology, biochemistry, neurobiology, chemistry or related disciplines for the Assistant position, or a PhD in relevant discipline for the Associate position. You will have understanding of cell biology and protein aggregation theory, knowledge of magnetic resonance phenomena for R. Assistant post, experience of coding and experience of managing own workload. Ref: ZE35772, Closing date 26 March 2023

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