ION-DRI Programme


IoN-DRI programme

We are building a world-class environment to fight neurological disease through the IoN-DRI programme. The programme will deliver a new hub that will be one of the leading translational neuroscience centres in the world. 

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.


International benefits

Transforming UCL’s ability to tackle the global health challenge of neurological disease.


National benefits

Reducing the cost of neurological disease to the UK economy, estimated at £112 billion each year.


Local benefits

Providing opportunities for the local community and wider public, including over 900 full-time jobs.

A new home for three bodies

UCL is home to Europe’s largest group of neuroscientists and the new centre of excellence on Grays Inn Road will support over 500 researchers from the world-renowned UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

The new facility will also house the UK Dementia Research Institute national headquarters, which is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK. 

Strengthening the link between research and clinical work, the facility will offer outpatient consulting for the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the UK's largest dedicated neurological and neurosurgical hospital. 


Our planned journey

The programme will deliver the infrastructure of the new building alongside a transformation to ensure that services and technologies align to support UCL's world-leading scientists.


We are creating a new facility at 256 Grays Inn Road and renovating our laboratories in Queen Square House. The aim is to provide a technologically advanced research environment, offering shared facilities, flexible space and major new investment into core technologies, equipment and central services. 


The aim of the transformation is to provide the highest quality services possible to complement the way the new building at Grays Inn Road will operate and to support a collaborative, efficient and sustainable way of working. 

Construction progress

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