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New joint institute gets £250m investment

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) has confirmed UCL as its operational headquarters, with further research centres located across the UK.

Led by UCL’s Professor Bart De Strooper, former leader of the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and scientific director at Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie in Belgium, the UK DRI is made up of more than 400 principle investigators carrying out research into all dementias. It will transform dementia research by connecting researchers working across different disciplines, including those outside of the dementia field, and attracting leading experts from around the world.

According to UCL President and Provost, Professor Michael Arthur: “UCL can lay claim to world-leading expertise across the spectrum of dementia research, from genetics to evidence-based treatments and support for patients and carers.

“We have both the ambition and the ability to make a difference and meet the challenge of this most pressing of global public health problems.


Illustration Mari Kanstad Johnsen

“Our vision for a DRI is for a truly national asset that facilitates exchanges of ideas, people and resources between groups, disciplines and centres.”

The Institute is a joint £250m investment led by the Medical Research Council with founding partners Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

A further project that brings together the UK DRI with the UCL Institute of Neurology has also received a £29m Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) grant to enable the University to deliver on its aim to create the world’s leading translational neuroscience environment.



“We found quite high levels of belief in some women being ‘poison-givers’, or ‘witches’, with profound social implications.”

Professor Ruth Mace
(UCL Anthropology) on her joint study into the extent women in rural China are ostracised by unfounded accusations of witchcraft.


The impact of the deal/no deal discussion and the role of women in the debate are just two of the topics discussed on UCL’s Brexit blog.

The UCL European Institute blog on Brexit and Britain’s relationship with the EU is a central part of the UCL Brexit Hub. The Hub is a bespoke portal featuring research-based publications, blogs, videos and information on academic experts from all UCL faculties. It also features a public policy section to connect researchers with senior professionals in order to inform policy with evidence.

The European Institute exists to promote academic excellence in the study of Europe at UCL, providing a leading forum for intellectual debate and acting as liaison to EU and UK policy-making communities within the University.

For more information, visit www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute/brexit-hub

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