Now in its fourth year, the annual internal conference from the UK DRI, Connectome, brought together the 650+ research community, providing a fantastic opportunity to catch up with faces, initiatives, and research at the Institute.
UK DRI Directors Prof Bart De Strooper and Dr Adrian Ivinson kicked off the 2-day main conference, updating on new UK DRI initiatives including the launch of the Emerging Leaders programme to support research fellows on their journey to independence, and further investment into new technologies – spatial transcriptomics, proteomics – and research infrastructure – IPSC Platform to Model Alzheimer’s Disease Risk (IPMAR).
The Directors also outlined their commitment to important research issues including open science and diversity. With expanding data science activities including an incoming Director of Data Science and Informatics, the Institute is working hard to promote transparent, reproducible practices that form the foundations of excellent research. Additionally, a dedicated think tank has been driving new activities around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), with plans forming to position UK DRI as a leader in this area and tackle difficult challenges faced across all career stages.