ION-DRI: A world-class centre of excellence in neuroscience
UCL is a global leader in pioneering research into neurological diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, neuromuscular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron diseases, stroke and epilepsy.
The IoN-DRI programme was set up to enable a purpose-built facility on Grays Inn Road alongside new and more efficient ways of working to translate UCL’s exceptional research power into developing treatments for these devastating conditions.
UCL President & Provost Dr Michael Spence, Professor Alan Thompson and colleagues explain how the new centre of excellence for UCL Neuroscience will help revolutionise the development of treatments for neurological diseases.
“Our vision is to create the world’s leading centre for translational neuroscience. A brand new state-of-the-art facility will accelerate the discovery of new treatments, train the next generation of scientists and work in close partnerships with industry, funders and patients.”
Professor Alan Thompson | Programme Sponsor | Dean, Faculty of Brain Sciences
“This will be a fantastic 21st century interdisciplinary environment designed to support our world-leading scientists to understand disease mechanisms and translate this knowledge into new therapies in a collaborative effort we call UCL Translational Neuroscience. The co-location of clinical and basic scientists and patient care will build on the major success of the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology partnership with the National Hospital (UCLH NHS Trust) by enabling patient observations to inform scientific questions. It will be a beacon of excellence for training the next generation and will facilitate critical partnerships with all stakeholders including patient organisations, philanthropists and industry.”
Professor Michael Hanna | Director, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
“The future home for the UK DRI at UCL will be an internationally recognized symbol of our commitment to conquering dementia. It will enable us to attract the best researchers and to provide them with an optimum environment for getting the job done. Importantly, the new space will also connect our researchers to the public and people affected by dementia.”
Professor Bart De Strooper | UK DRI Director and Dr Adrian Ivinson | UK DRI Director (Operations)
“The new Queen Square Institute of Neurology and Dementia Research Institute development allows for the integration of world-class clinical services from the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, with state-of-the-art scientific facilities from UCL, to bring modern treatments for neurological conditions directly to patients. This is an exciting time for the management of devastating neurological diseases bringing hope to many people throughout the UK and the rest of the world.”
Dr Chris Turner I Divisional Clinical Director I National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery