DPUK is a UK powerhouse for dementias research designed to fast-track scientific understanding, treatments and the prevention of the disease.
Established by the Medical Research Council (MRC) in June 2014, it is a £53 million collaboration between universities and drug companies to transform the best dementia research into the best treatments as quickly as possible.
It combines the power of different types of population study to compare healthy people with people at all stages of dementias and can be used to look at how this is affected by other conditions that people may have.
It actively encourages leading researchers to work together, giving them better access to the wealth of information on health and lifestyle through huge population studies and arms them with the latest technology, to scan the body and brain and analyse tests.
It also spearheads ‘experimental medicine’ research, which are ‘first in human’ studies, testing out new treatments, new devices, improvements in diagnoses for the first time in people and also looking at repurposing drugs – trying out treatments which are already on the market, but used for a different condition, to see how they might benefit those with dementia. DPUK forms a central pillar in the delivery of the UK Prime Minister’s Challenge on dementia.
DPUK co-ordinates 15 different work packages, that include three unique networks and 3 experimental medicine themes, involving hundreds of researchers across the UK and beyond and is set to transform dementia research.
These activities will:
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We will support dementia research more widely:
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