We are thrilled to announce that the MRC are investing a further £40 million into the UK Dementia Research Institute. This additional funding award gives us a huge boost as we strive to improve the lives of the millions of people affected by dementia.
The £40m funding will contribute to an iconic £250m new building at UCL which will host the central hub of UK DRI alongside the university’s world-class Institute of Neurology (IoN). The building will be part of large redevelopment at the Eastman Dental Hospital on Grays Inn Road, which will have important connections to a hospital unit.
Whilst we are busy developing and carrying out research in our interim labs at UCL, this funding will allow us to increase the number of researchers in our future hub space. Once complete, the UK DRI hub at UCL will host up to 350 scientists and staff who will be part of an estimated team of 700 UK DRI researchers nationally: all working together to unlock our understanding of dementia and how to conquer it.
The new site at UCL will offer outstanding research facilities and will be focused on creating a shared open environment. Collaboration is at the beating heart of the UK DRI so we are excited that we will be connected to the UCL IoN in this building which together will house over 500 neuroscience researchers. The new site will also incorporate space for public engagement – allowing us to connect to communities and share our progress in finding better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent dementia.
The landmark future home for the UK DRI hub and UCL IoN hopes to open its doors in 2024 – we’ll keep you posted on progress!