We believe that collaboration will be at the heart of future breakthroughs for people affected by dementia. To stimulate productive new academic relationships, we recently launched our cross-centre postdoctoral researcher scheme and are delighted to announce the successful projects which span development of sophisticated new biomarkers to pioneering characterisation of synaptic changes in Alzheimer’s disease.
Designed to facilitate exciting emerging science and foster collaboration between the UK DRI centres, the cross-centre programme provides funding to pairs of UK DRI Group Leaders (or associated members) for one postdoctoral researcher over three years, who will share their time between two labs at different UK DRI centres. We hope the post holder will benefit greatly from the shared expertise of the Group Leaders and access to state-of-art technology and resources.
The three following successful projects perfectly satisfied our joint criteria of well-balanced collaboration and novel and significant research – more detail can be found below. They are:
3. Prof Paul Matthews & Dr Johanna Jackson, UK DRI at Imperial & Prof Seth Grant (Associated Member), University of Edinburgh
- Characterising changes in synapses observed during the development of Alzheimer’s disease
Dr Aoife Kiely, UK DRI Science Review Manager, said:
“For a completely new programme, we were thrilled with the quality of applications received and look forward to seeing the projects develop. By encouraging researchers to think how their research can complement others, we hope this mentality will carry across all aspects of UK DRI and ultimately benefit our progress in finding treatments for dementia.”
The postdoctoral vacancies for these projects will be open in the coming months so keep an eye on www.ukdri.ac.uk/joinus, and share with your networks.
The deadline for the next round of cross-centre postdoctoral awards is 31 March 2020. The scheme is open to pairs of UK DRI Group Leaders from different centres or a UK DRI Group Leader and a recognised UK DRI Associated Member based at a different university. For full information, please see the latest request for proposals.