Prof Mallucci will be leaving UK DRI to take up an exciting opportunity at a new biotechnical company, Altos Labs, in its Cambridge Institute. This ambitious new initiative will pursue the biology around cellular rejuvenation programming and restoration of cellular health and resilience, with the goal of reversing disease to transform medicine. As ageing is the biggest risk factor for dementia, novel insights, technologies and therapies developed in this area also have the potential to benefit millions of people worldwide living with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
UK DRI Directors Prof Bart De Strooper and Dr Adrian Ivinson said:
“We cannot thank Giovanna enough for all her hard work and support in these vital early years of the UK DRI. She leaves behind a fantastic legacy in the UK DRI at Cambridge, not only in its outstanding programmes of discovery research but also its ethos to bring life-changing therapies to the clinic. Thanks to Giovanna, our Cambridge centre is in a fantastic position to take the next steps!
We are certainly sorry to see Giovanna move on but understand the draw of such an exciting new opportunity. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside her in shaping the Institute, and we look forward to collaborating together on our shared goals for healthy ageing and much-needed treatments for dementia.”
We would like to thank UK DRI Group Leader Prof David Rubinsztein who is well placed to take charge as Interim Centre Director at Cambridge. The experience that Prof Rubinsztein, a Fellow of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences, brings to the role will ensure continued leadership and a smooth transition during recruitment.
We look forward to working with long-standing partners at the University of Cambridge as we begin the search for a new Centre Director shortly. The role will be posted on the University website and UK DRI jobs page.
Article published: 20 January 2022