MP visits UK DRI: highlighting our research to uncover new treatments for dementia

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We were delighted to welcome Jo Stevens MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, to visit the UK DRI at Cardiff University last week. She visited the centre on Friday 25 March, to learn about our research to tackle dementia and the multidisciplinary approach embraced by our scientists.

During the visit, Ms Stevens met UK DRI Centre Director Prof Julie Williams, and UK DRI Public Affairs Manager Olivia Marshall, to discuss the dementia research landscape in Wales and across the UK. The discussion touched on new avenues of research and especially the role of the immune system in the development of the condition.

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Ms Stevens had a tour of the UK DRI laboratories, beginning with the “fly lab” where fruit flies are used to study the ageing process.

She went on to meet UK DRI scientists with expertise in a range of disciplines, from Parkinson’s disease to data science and informatics, all of whom are working together to explore new research directions, and ultimately uncover new treatments for dementia.

Olivia Marshall, Public Affairs Manager at the UK DRI, said:

"It was a pleasure to welcome Jo to the UK DRI, we had a really useful discussion and it was great to show her some of the brilliant work happening within our laboratories."

Article published: 28 March 2022

Image credits: The University of Cardiff

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