UCL has made dementia a priority
Dementia is the greatest scientific, medical and socio-economic challenge of our times and affects more than 46 million people worldwide. As populations age, dementia is inevitably going to become more common with devastating personal, social and economic implications.
UCL can lay claim to world-leading expertise across the spectrum of research, from genetics to evidence based treatments and support for patients and carers. We have both the ambition and ability to make a difference and meet the challenge of this most pressing of global public health problems.
In December 2016, UCL was selected as the 'hub' of the £250m UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), to be led by Professor Bart De Strooper, The UK DRI is a joint investment into dementia research led by the Medical Research Council alongside founding charity partners Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK. The Institute will be catalytic in the UK’s research efforts to diagnose, treat, care for and prevent dementias, a group of neurodegenerative disorders which include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease and vascular dementia.