UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL


Prof Bart De Strooper

Director of UK Dementia Research Institute

UK Dementia Research Institute HQ

Faculty of Brain Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2013

Research summary


Prof Bart De Strooper is a world-renowned Alzheimer's disease researcher. He is best known for his work on the proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein, the functional studies of presenilin and the identification of gamma-secretase. More recently he has worked on a cellular theory for Alzheimer to explain how different cell types underlay the progressive disease process. He was formerly based at the K.U.Leuven.  He was Director at the Vlaams Instituut voor Biotechnologie and led a neuroscience department of over 250 researchers. He was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowship in 2020, and has received several awards including the Potamkin prize, the Metlife Foundation Award for Medical Research, Alois Alzheimer’s prize, the highly prestigious Brain Prize 2018 and Commander in the Order of Leopold I. In addition to steering the UK DRI as National Director, his new research group at the UK DRI at UCL will interrogate the fundamental mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.