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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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Model behaviour: Utilising haploid embryonic stem cells for rapid and reliable disease model generation

A team of scientists, led by Dr Gabriel Balmus, Fellow at the UK DRI at Cambridge, have successfully developed a seven-week protocol for the derivation of mouse haploid embryonic stem cells, producing a fast, reproducible and versatile means for creating disease models. Moreover, this protocol can be used for the derivation of human haploid embryonic stem cells.

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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5: Pilot projects awarded for fresh thinking

The UK DRI is made up of people who choose to take the road less travelled, and we run schemes to encourage and reward this. This spring, we launched our ‘Pilot Studies Programme’ and today five successful UK DRI applications have been selected.

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Dementia research sheds light on safer treatments for leukaemia

An international team of researchers at VIB-KU Leuven, Belgium, the UK Dementia Institute and the Children’s Cancer Institute, Australia, have found a safer treatment for a specific type of leukemia, thanks to lessons learned from research into Alzheimer’s disease.

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UCL research into genetic therapies for dementia boosted by £5m donation from The Sigrid Rausing Trust

A new programme to test promising genetic therapies for neurodegenerative and dementia-causing diseases such as Alzheimer’s will be launched at UCL thanks to a £5m donation by the Sigrid Rausing Trust, one of the UK’s largest philanthropic foundations.

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UK DRI Early Career Workshop on neuroinflammation – An in-depth look at our first themed event

In the first focussed ‘Theme’ event for the UK DRI, early-career researchers from across the network joined together last month (10-11 April 19) to share knowledge and insight on the topic of neuroinflammation in a 2-day workshop

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Meeting report: 'Development of the dopaminergic system – from stem cells to circuits'

Co-organised by Dr Emmanouil Metzakopian, UK DRI at Cambridge, the 2019 CamBioScience conference in Crete brought together researchers to discuss recent advances and future directions in fundamental and applied developmental neuroscience centred on the midbrain dopaminergic system.

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UK DRI Associate Director partners with NHS Foundation Trust for new research in Cambridge

In Dementia Action Week, a unique research group, has been launched to test promising new drugs for dementia, including one of the world’s first studies with an antidepressant that could stop the disease progressing.

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Launching: £2m collaboration with Eisai to accelerate dementia research

This first-of-its-kind industry collaboration for the UK DRI aims to deliver innovative research that translates into improvements in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all types of dementia.

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Recording: From Academia to Industry - A Lunchtime Conversation

Are you exploring a potential career move to industry? Watch two scientists talk about their career pathway, their transition from academia to industry, pros and cons, career tips…


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UK DRI at Edinburgh Annual Symposium 2019

The 2nd Annual Symposium from the UK DRI at Edinburgh took place at the Royal Society on 30th April. PhD student Sophie Quick takes us through her highlights from the day.

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UK DRI Researcher receives prestigious Future Leaders Fellowship from UKRI

UK DRI fellow at UCL, Dr Marc Aurel Busche, has been named as a recipients of a new fellowship scheme run by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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Promising Huntington’s drug trial results shared after over a decade’s work

The full results from a ground-breaking trial showing successful lowering of a toxic protein in the neurodegenerative condition Huntington’s Disease, have been published.

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Do ‘microglia’ hold the key to stop Alzheimer’s disease?

A research team led by Prof. Bart De Strooper, UK DRI Director, studied how specialised brain cells called microglia respond to the accumulation of toxic proteins in the brain, a feature typical of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Comment: New dementia classification highlights need for better diagnostics and personalised interventions

Scientists and clinicians have described a new form of dementia that exhibits symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease, and suggest 20% misdiagnosis in patients over 80 years old.

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Running for the Dementia Revolution

This Sunday, thousands of marathon runners will be pounding the streets of London, raising vital money for charities across the UK. Many will be powering ground-breaking dementia research by fundraising for the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) through the Dementia Revolution campaign.

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MP visit to UK DRI: Highlighting the importance of dementia research to the UK

We were delighted to welcome a group of MPs to the UK DRI labs at UCL today, to discuss the significant impact of dementia to our society and the ground-breaking research seeking to change that.

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