Wales to get its largest dementia research investment

Wales is set for its biggest investment yet towards dementia research.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UKDRI), based at Cardiff University will receive a £13m investment with the potential for a further £17m over the next five years.

The money is coming from the Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK. The investment will go towards "finding new ways to diagnose, treat, prevent and care for people with dementia", says Cardiff University.

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The university is one of six UK centres for dementia research. Helping to lead the project is Professor Julie Williams.

With dementia diagnosis rates in Wales the worst in the UK, the new centre is designed to find new ways to combat the disease.

Up to 60 scientific researchers will be employed at the Cardiff centre over the first five years and will focus on understanding the disease mechanisms and developing new therapies.

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