Hi Sarmi, can you tell us about your background and your new role?
I developed a keen interest in neurodegenerative disease during my Master’s in Neuroscience at King’s College London and subsequent PhD studying cognitive and synaptic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease at the University of Southampton. I then moved to industry, where I worked as a Research Associate at Eli Lilly UK, managing a number of early phase drug discovery projects within the Pain Discovery group. I’m really excited to start working at the UK DRI, where I am Research Theme Project Manager for the Neuroinflammation and Vascular themes.
In essence, my role is to bring together researchers from across all the UK DRI centres and promote a collaborative approach to addressing major scientific questions in dementia research. I believe the UK DRI’s goal of collaborative research is the way forward to help fill the knowledge gap, ensuring that there is transparency in the work done whilst sharing results and resources to allow high quality research.
What is the structure and purpose of the official UK DRI themes?
The UK DRI is composed of seven centres spread across the UK, however, there are several common research areas or ‘themes’ shared by researchers across these locations. The cross-centre themes aim to unite researchers who share these similar research interests and promote collaboration through sharing of knowledge, ideas, resources, best practice and data.
Each theme is allocated a budget and administrative support, and, led by the research theme lead, aims to address key questions within the field with ambitious and exciting cross-centre research projects and events.