“This is the beginning of the end for dementia,” announced Prof Nick Fox, as we officially opened the hub of the institute at UCL, on 19 July 2018. It simply wouldn’t be possible without the unique partnership between the MRC, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The UK DRI has been set up to find scientific solutions to one of society’s biggest health challenges: over 1 million people are expected to have dementia in the UK by 2025. Having our research underway in remarkable new facilities is a huge leap forwards in bringing promise to the millions of people who are affected by dementia.
Following the selection of UCL to host the research hub in December 2016, it’s been a busy time behind the scenes to refurbish new labs and recruit new programme leaders. At our launch event, we were thrilled to gather our funders and key individuals who made it all happen, to say a big ‘thank you’ and look ahead to the future.
Adrian Ivinson, UK DRI Director (Operations), welcomed guests into our most recently finished labs – these empty benches will soon be filled by our new international recruits making discoveries. We were privileged to hear words of inspiration and hope from many of the people who have been on the journey to establish the UK DRI.