Dementia Research Centre
The Dementia Research Centre (DRC), based at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) is one of the UK's leading centres for clinical research into dementia. The DRC is part of the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease at the UCL Institute of Neurology and has close links with the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit for Dementia (BRU-D) based at the NHNN.
The NHNN is the lead centre for trialling new drugs to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease (which causes the majority of dementia). Over 4,000 patients, with their carers, have already participated in studies and the DRC has made some breakthrough progress - including:
- Collaborative work which led to identifying the first Alzheimer's disease gene
- Identifying pre-symptomatic cognitive and imaging changes in Alzheimer's disease
- Pioneering magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to improve diagnosis and track progression of Alzheimer's disease