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Dementia Revolution raises £4 million for UK DRI, setting new record for London Marathon Charity of the Year Partnership

Latest fundraising figures reveal that the Dementia Revolution has now raised a record-breaking £4 million for the UK DRI, making it the most successful Charity of the Year partnership in the 39-year history of the London Marathon.

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World Alzheimer’s Month 2019: Prof Bart De Strooper on progress made in the last year

Now in its eighth year, World Alzheimer’s Month is an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. For the UK DRI, these 12 months have been marked by significant milestones for both the institute, and crucially the field of neurodegenerative disease and search for viable therapeutics. We catch with UK DRI Director, Prof Bart De Strooper on his highlights in the past year.

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A leap forwards for the future home of UK DRI at UCL

London Borough of Camden’s planning committee approved UCL’s planning application to redevelop the former site of the Eastman Dental Hospital, paving the way for a new world-leading research centre for dementia and neurological disease research. The site will house over 500 researchers from the UK Dementia Research Institute and UCL’s Queen Square Institute of Neurology, all working towards the Government’s 2020 Challenge on Dementia.

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J.K. Rowling donates £15m to UK DRI Group Leader in Edinburgh

The author J.K. Rowling has donated £15.3m to Prof Siddharthan Chandran, Director of the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and UK DRI Group Leader at the University of Edinburgh. The funds will help to improve the lives of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and similar conditions.

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First visualisation of tau protein tangles in patients’ brains after single head injury

For the first time, researchers led by Prof David Sharp, Associate Director of UK DRI Care Research & Technology at Imperial, have visualised ‘tangles’ of a protein associated with dementia in the brains of people who have suffered a single head injury.

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Early Career Representatives: Cardiff lead the way in collaboration and development

We are delighted to see a group of Cardiff researchers have taken the initiative to organise a range of initiatives aimed specifically at ECRs, and appointed representatives as a conduit for feedback and change in their Centre.

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Q&A with Frances Wiseman: New Programme Leader for Animal Models at UK DRI

With a wealth of experience in utilising animal models, including a 3R prize for reduction of animal use in 2016, Dr Frances Wiseman joins the UK DRI at UCL as new programme leader for animal models. We caught up with Frances to discuss her current research interests, why animal models are still critical to dementia research and how she will be supporting the whole institute in improving resource facilities in this area.

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Associate Director Paul Matthews named as new Chair for the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board

On 1 September, Associate Director at UK DRI at Imperial, Prof Paul Matthews will begin his tenure in the prestigious role of Chair of the MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board.

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Watch talks from the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology PhD & Postdoc Career Day

For the first time the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology ran an all-day career event aimed at PhD students and early career researchers. Speakers were recruited from across industry, the charitable sector and academia to provide an insight into their career path and their current role.

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Korean Ambassador visits new UK DRI facilities at King’s

The UK DRI had the pleasure of welcoming the Ambassador from the Republic of Korea, Her Excellency Enna Park, to the centre at King’s College London last month (25 July). She visited the newly refurbished laboratories and heard from researchers about their work in deciphering the mechanisms behind dementia.

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A taster of lab life: Work experience at UK DRI at Imperial

Guest blog from Julie Bouvier, work experience student in the lab of Dr Sam Barnes at UK DRI at Imperial.

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Tackling dementia: Key milestones for progress

A new paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions outlines six key issues in dementia research, along with practical recommendations for how the field should tackle them in order to increase success in therapeutic translation.

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UK DRI Synapse Symposium: How do we keep the brain talking?

On 27 June, an international forum of scientists came together at King’s College London to examine the core biology of the synapse and explore possible reasons for its demise in pathological conditions. We take a look at what was discussed, and some key messages taken from the day.

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Gene therapy: £2m boost for a core facility at the UK DRI

Adeno-associated virus (AAV) is one of the most actively investigated gene therapy vehicles. Now, under the leadership of Prof Chris Shaw, Associate Director of UK DRI at Kings, the institute will be at the forefront of realising this potential.

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Major donation to accelerate neurodegenerative disease research at Imperial

The £1.63M gift from Lily Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation will support fellowships for rising stars in Parkinson's Disease research.

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UK DRI Director, Bart De Strooper, leads call for brain science priority in Horizon Europe funding

The UK DRI has joined major European institutions in launching a petition that urges the EU to give greater emphasis to neuroscience research in its upcoming strategic and funding plan for Horizon Europe.

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UK DRI Care Research: Take part today through online brain games!

​In this 3-minute interview with Dr Adam Hampshire, from our new Care Research & Technology centre at Imperial, we find out what he hopes to achieve and how members of the public can contribute to his research.

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UK DRI at the MRC Science Fete: Virtual Reality Lab Tours, DNA, and Brain Hoopla

On Saturday 15 June, UK DRI joined MRC units from across UCL to transform South Cloisters into a Summer Science Fete, as part of the MRC Festival. A family fun day, over 300 attendees met scientists and learnt about current research, from experimenting with ‘Quack Quack’ disease to taking a ‘cell-fie’.

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Two key genetic risk factors linked with synapse degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease

A new study led by Prof Tara Spires-Jones, UK DRI at Edinburgh, has shed light on synaptic degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease with observations that the highly implicated clusterin protein accumulates in these vulnerable structures.

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Lewy Body Dementia Center Without Walls: UK DRI Fellow awarded $600K as part of a new international collaboration

UK DRI Fellow at UCL, Dr Tim Bartels, will lead one of 10 labs awarded $14M funding in total from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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