Professor Nick Fox, Associate Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL, and Dr Tammaryn Lashley then showed Her Royal Highness a sample of human brain tissue and explained how donated brain tissue is critical for research.
Postdoctoral research Dr Katie Wilson of the UK DRI at UCL demonstrated a new microscope, and discussed how she uses human stem cells from donated skin tissue to develop into brain cells, for research into causes of neuronal loss.
“Dementia poses one of the biggest public health challenges of our time, and understanding its causes and researching new treatments is a key priority for UCL, so we are proud to host the hub of the UK Dementia Research Institute,” said Professor Alan Thompson, Dean, UCL Brain Sciences.
“We are delighted that Her Royal Highness is seeing first-hand the progress that the UK DRI has made in establishing a world-leading centre at the forefront of dementia research.”
The Princess Royal is Chancellor of the University of London, of which both UCL and King’s College London are constituent colleges.
We would like to send our warm thanks to the Princess Royal for her time to visit us today and her words of encouragement to our research teams as we work to conquer dementia.
You can find a selection of pictures from the day on our online gallery.