Investment in Wales for a dementia study

Cardiff University’s been chosen as a centre for the UK’s biggest dementia research initiative - with the opening of a £13m dementia research centre. It’s set to become the biggest investment Wales has ever received for scientific study into dementia.

As one of six UK centres, the new research centre in Wales will be a significant section of the newly created UK Dementia Research Institute - a £250m initiative, funded by the Medical Research Council, the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK - to find new ways to diagnose, treat, prevent and care for people with dementia.

Professor Julie Williams who is currently the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Welsh Government and Professor of Neuropsychological Genetics at Cardiff University will lead the new centre:

“The UK DRI at Cardiff University will provide a step change in our ability to understand these complex diseases and produce new treatments for future generations.

I am enormously excited to be part of the leadership team for the UK Dementia Research Institute and to head a group of excellent and passionately committed scientists.”

Up to 60 scientific researchers will be employed at the Cardiff centre over the first five years and will focus on understanding the disease mechanisms and developing new therapies. A programme of research development is expected to lead to an increase in scientific staff as it expands after the first five year phase.

The centre will build on the success of the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics in Cardiff University and will utilise the discovery by scientists in Wales of more than 30 genes contributing to either Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s diseases.

The other centres will be based at University College London, The University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London and King’s College London.

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