ION-DRI Programme


Translation & Discovery in Action

We hear from the researchers working to answer fundamental questions about the brain through discovery research and those translating these discoveries into ground-breaking new treatments for patients

Our landmark new facility at Grays Inn Road will be home to the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (ION) , the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) and the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Alongside our facilities at Queen Square, the new centre will create an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment for researchers working to better understand the diversity and complexity of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s through discovery science as well as supporting them to be able to translate this knowledge into new diagnostics, treatments and therapies for patients. 

We hear from the researchers and clinicians who are working on some of these ground-breaking new discoveries and the patients and carers who could benefit from them. 

A creative workshop for Patterns of Perception in Parkinson’s disease

Translation in Action: Dr Rimona Weil

Exploring fears about dementia in the Parkinson’s community through creative workshops

DNA Double Helix National Institute of Health

Translation in Action: Prof Helene Plun Favreau

Mitochondrial dysfunction, in Parkinson's disease and in other neurodegenerative conditions. 

Alpha synuclein (credit: Shutterstock StudioMolekuul)

Translation in Action: Dr Tim Bartels

 Improving diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

Fluo Neurons

Translation in Action: Prof Gabriele Lignani

Gene therapy approaches to treat refractory epilepsy

microscopic image of Alzheimer's cell

Discovery in Progress: Dr Soyon Hong

Researching the role of microglia, the primary brain-resident immune cells, in Alzheimer’s disease.