Wales to get its largest dementia research investment

A £13m investment will go towards dementia research. Credit: PA

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.

The UK DRI at Cardiff University will provide a step change in our ability to understand these complex diseases and produce new treatments for future generations.

I am enormously excited to be part of the leadership team for the UK Dementia Research Institute and to head a group of excellent and passionately committed scientists.

– 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.

Given this national context, and the global burden of dementia, Cardiff University has made research on dementias a strategic priority and a cornerstone of our joint Clinical Innovation Strategy with the NHS.

– Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University

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.