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New role: Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Published date: 9th March 2017

We are looking for a full-time postdoctoral research assistant in applied statistics to join our multi-disciplinary research team.

 

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New role: Senior Scientist / Research Facilitator

Published date: 9th March 2017

Applications are invited for a Senior Scientist / Research Facilitator to support the delivery of the MRC Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) project, a £53m public-private partnership which will deliver a world-leading resource for person-focused dementia research. The post is based in the Department of Psychiatry at the Warneford Hospital and is funded to 30 June 2019.

 

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In Conversation: Clare Mackay

Published date: 7th March 2017

In conversation with Clare Mackay, Professor of Imaging Neuroscience

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DPUK welcomes Dementia Research Institute announcement

Published date: 15th December 2016

We are delighted to join others in celebrating the launch of the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI) this week.

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KCL Partner Announcement

Published date: 4th October 2016

King’s College London becomes the 11th Academic Partner to join Dementias Platform UK.

We are pleased to announce that King’s College London (King’s) is now an official Academic Partner of the MRC-funded Dementias Platform UK (DPUK).

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Early Career Researcher Norah Epie interviews Professor Diana Kuh

Published date: 3rd October 2016

Early Career Researcher Norah Epie invited Professor Diana Kuh for an interview so that we could learn more about how she achieved her various academic successes, the route she took to becoming a Professor, and the training and support she received during her career.

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ROADMAP: aiming for another 3million grant for DPUK

Published date: 31st August 2016

DPUK Director Professor John Gallacher along with European colleagues have secured the €4 million Real world Outcomes across the AD spectrum (ROADS) grant from the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).

 

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‘Tools for Science’: Post Conference Pack online now!

Published date: 30th August 2016

The Dementias Platform UK Annual Conference held in April focused on how the platform enables more and better dementia research.
A Post Conference Pack has been created to provide a summary of the day.  The resource includes: presentation slides; scientific posters and abstracts; photographs and quotes from both presenters and contributors.

 

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Boost for Professor Karl Herholtz leading the DPUK Brain Imaging Partnership

Published date: 24th August 2016

Dementia’s Platform UK (DPUK) welcomes the news that the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board have awarded £0.8million for an Imaging Network Partnership to Professor Karl Herholz, at Manchester University.   The support is a clear sign of DPUK’s early success in facilitating the development of a vibrant scientific community.  The Partnership will strengthen collaboration between the 8 UK Brain Imaging centres engaged in the DPUK Imaging Network enabling further research in Dementias.

 

 

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Success for Stem Cell Science at the MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board

Published date: 24th August 2016

Professor Siddharthan Chandran at Edinburgh University, has been awarded a £1.2million Partnership Award from the MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board, creating one of the first two DPUK-Linked projects. This Partnership will build on the work of the DPUK Stem Cells Network.   Professor Karl Herholtz won a similar award extending the work of the DPUK Imaging Network at the same meeting.

 

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MRC and NIHR Success for DPUK Researchers

Published date: 22nd August 2016

The MRC Neurosciences Board and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) have today announced a multi-million pound award to Professor Simon Lovestone, Oxford. The award, made as part of the Dementias Platform UK, is for a Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study, designed to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  It aims to significantly increase our understanding of how to detect early Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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Prof. Julie Williams appointed to Deputy Director

Published date: 17th August 2016

Prof. Julie Williams, Cardiff University, has been appointed as Deputy Director for Dementias Platform UK. Prof. Williams’ research focuses upon identifying and understanding genes which increase the risk of developing complex psychological and neurodegenerative disorders. These include Alzheimer’s disease, developmental dyslexia and schizophrenia.

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New Role: DPUK Project Administrator (Events) – Now closed

Published date: 16th August 2016

An exciting opportunity has arisen as a Project Administrator (Events) for the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) project in the Division of Population Medicine.

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New Role: DPUK Administrative Assistant -Now closed

Published date: 16th August 2016

An interesting and varied role has arisen within Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) to join a team of 4 based in Cardiff and 5 based at Oxford. This is a new role to provide administrative support for the general operation of the project and colleagues.

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New Executive Team Member Siddharthan Chandran

Published date: 2nd August 2016

Dementias Platform UK appointed Prof. Siddharthan Chandran to the Executive Team to represent University of Edinburgh and provide a Scottish perspective to the development of UK Programmes.   Prof. Chandran works in the emerging discipline of Regenerative Neurology at the University of Edinburgh. His research combines laboratory activity that includes human stem cells with specialist clinics (multiple sclerosis [MS] and motor neurone disease [MND]) to both study disease as well as undertake early-phase clinical trials.

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Siemens announces DPUK bringing organisations together to tackle dementia across the UK

Published date: 28th July 2016

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DPUK introduces Maria Carrillo, PhD as International Advisor

Published date: 21st July 2016

Dr. Carrillo is the Chief Science Officer at the Alzheimer’s Association, a leading voluntary health organisation in Alzheimer care, support and research having received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Carrillo is now responsible for overseeing the international science division and for sharing the global landscape of research and ongoing investigations with a wide range of constituents.

 

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Open for study proposals: Phase 2 of the DPUK Data Portal is now live

Published date: 21st July 2016

The Dementias Platform UK online form for submitting Expressions of Interest for cross-cohort analyses is now live. The new feature allows researchers to, simultaneously, submit a study proposal to more than 30 Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Cohorts at the click of a button.

 

 

 

 

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Capacity Building Champion – Kim Graham (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Cardiff University)

Published date: 7th July 2016

We are pleased to announce that Kim Graham (Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Dean of Research, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences at Cardiff University) has accepted the role of Capacity Building Champion for Dementias Platform UK.

 

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New Role: Dementias Platform UK Communications Assistant – now closed

Published date: 28th June 2016

This Post is now closed.

Future roles will be shown here and through our Twitter: @DementiasUK

 

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“Tools for Science” DPUK’s first Annual Conference in brief

Published date: 15th June 2016

Tuesday 26th April, we celebrated our first Annual Conference  ‘Tools for Science’ at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology, London.  The focus of the day was to showcase our achievements of the past 18 months in: Data Access, Technology Networks and Experimental Medicine.  The conference was attended by researchers, funders, charities and members of the public.
Minister for Life Sciences, George Freeman MP who officially launched the DPUK Platform opened the event. During his 20 minute talk, George discussed his future plans for Dementia Challenge 2020 and the research landscape that encapsulates the core challenges that was set out in the Life Science Strategy in 2011.

 

 

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DPUK Stem Cell Network Delivers World Leading Equipment

Published date: 14th June 2016

Three Dementias Platform UK Centres involved in the Stem Cell Network (Oxford, Cambridge, University College London [UCL]) have taken proud possession of an Opera Phenix high-content imager from Perkin Elmer.
The Phenix represents the state of the art in high-throughput imaging using spinning disc confocal microscopy equipped with four cameras and five lasers for simultaneous acquisition to minimise bleed-through across channels. The system will allow rapid analysis of live or fixed cells in 96 or 384-well plates with focus in the DPUK Stem Cell Network of phenotypic screens for target identification and drug discovery in neurons and glial generated from patients with dementia and related disorders.

News Story by Richard Wade Martins

 

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Early Career Scientist Wins 1st Prize at Annual Conference

Published date: 13th June 2016

Chloe Fawns-Ritchie, University of Edinburgh, won 1st prize at the Dementias Platform UK Annual Conference, for her presentation on ‘Developing an enhanced UK Biobank cognitive assessment to predict cognitive decline’. She presented an overview of the work she has been doing with Prof. Ian Deary and Prof. John Starr, also based in Edinburgh.
 

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Open Science Champion – Prof. Clare Mackay

Published date: 8th June 2016

We are delighted to announce that Associate Professor Clare Mackay, Oxford, has accepted the role of Open Science Champion for Dementias Platform UK.

Science flourishes with the exchange of information whether this be data, analytic tools or best practice. Due to its access to broad and deep data from multiple sources, Dementias Platform UK is, extremely well placed to support the Open Science agenda.

 

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IXICO announces that its real world digital data collection study, project Cygnus, has joined Dementias Platform UK, and has initiated all sites and enrolled first subjects

Published date: 8th June 2016

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DPUK Call for 2 New Steering Group Members – Now closed

Published date: 10th May 2016

An opportunity has arisen for 2 Champions to join the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Scientific Steering Group (SG).  Positions will commence from 1st July 2016 for a period of 3 years, ending 30th June 2019.

Open Science Champion

Science flourishes with the exchange if information whether this be data or shared best practice. Due to its access to broad and deep data from multiple sources DPUK is extremely well placed to support the open science agenda. To exploit this opportunity an open science champion is to be appointed to the SG.  The remit of this position is to look for opportunities to promote the Open Science agenda across the Platform.

Capacity Building Champion

Early Career Researchers are an essential component of developing capacity for dementia research. DPUK provides an exciting multi-disciplinary environment for introducing and training Early Career Researchers. To exploit this opportunity a Champion will be appointed to the SG.

 

 

 

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DPUK Call for a New Executive Team Member – Now closed

Published date: 10th May 2016

It was announced at our Annual Conference that Professor Ian Deary is standing down from the DPUK Executive Board this summer. We wish him every success in his work at University of Edinburgh and future endeavours.

Ian has been a great asset to the Executive Team and has co-led on work package 10, Cognitive Assessment, which he will continue to deliver. Ian is Professor of Differential Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Medical Research Council-administered Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. He has also had some of his research on Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936 presented on the recent BBC programme ‘How to stay young-Turn back the Ageing clock’. Ian Deary  Lothian Birth Cohort 1936  Centre for Cognitive Ageing, Edinburgh

Professor Gallacher on making the announcement said “I am extremely grateful to Ian for his energy, judgement and humanity, all of which have shaped the development of the Platform.”

This change brings about an opportunity for a new representative from the University of Edinburgh to join the Executive Team to drive forward the future work of the Platform.

 

 

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Prof Gallacher welcomes IMI RADAR Funding call on Alzheimer’s Disease

Published date: 21st March 2016

The IMI funding for Dementia, RADAR programme have submitted the attached funding call for ‘ Development and validation of technology enabled, quantitative and sensitive measures of functional decline in people with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease (RADAR-AD)’

The overall objective of the programme, which is due to last 24 months,  is to deliver the foundational components to “Improve patient outcomes through remote assessment”. The full RADAR programme will consist of several topics that are resourced and managed independently but will collaborate in key areas such as technological approach and data sharing.  RADAR Topic 1 will consist of Depression, Multiple Sclerosis and Epilepsy whilst Topic 2 will consist of Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

 

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DPUK gives third award for Experimental Medicine Project

Published date: 12th February 2016

Professor Paul Matthews from Imperial College London has been awarded the 3rd DPUK Experimental Medicine award. Professor Matthews will lead the project titled: Multi-modal imaging correlates of Astroglial activation, β-amyloid deposition and neuronal activity as markers of cognitive impairment in AD.

This pilot study will characterise the brain uptake of the novel astroglial activation imaging marker, [11C]BU99008, in AD subjects compared to non-AD control subjects. Relationships between [11C]BU99008 brain uptake, Aβ deposition and brain glucose metabolism will also explore how multi-modal imaging indices may inform further research.

 

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Dementias Platform UK Newsletter

Published date: 30th January 2016

Our second newsletter is now available.  In this issue;

    • UK’s first Dementia Research Institute
    • Welcoming two new Academic Partners
    • Five new scanners

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DPUK join forces with the MRC Biostatistics Unit to lead stratification methods to DPUK cohorts

Published date: 29th January 2016

Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) are delighted to announce that the MRC Biostatistics Unit (BSU) at Cambridge University will join the Platform as Academic Partners. BSU Director Professor Sylvia Richardson said “We are thrilled to be directly involved in this far reaching project which is tackling a most challenging issue facing ageing populations”.

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DPUK announces Manchester University as an Academic Partner

Published date: 29th January 2016

Dementias Platform UK are delighted to announce that The University of Manchester will join the Platform as an Academic Partner. They will join 9 Higher Education Institutes and 6 Industry Partners to develop the platform which is funded by the Medical Research Council.

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Job Vacancy: Senior Communications Officer – Now closed

Published date: 5th January 2016

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Dementias Platform UK in Oxford University.

This post is now closed.

Future roles will be shown here and through our Twitter: @DementiasUK

 

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UK first Dementia Research Institute announced by Prime Minister David Cameron

Published date: 25th November 2015

This £150 million investment in dementia research for the first national Dementia Research Institute (DRI), led by the MRC, is warmly welcomed by the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK.)

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Dementias Platform UK trebles MRI-PET scanner resource for the UK

Published date: 3rd November 2015

The MRC Dementias Platform UK are delighted to announce the purchase of five new MRI-PET scanners for the UK as part of their new Imaging Network, creating what we believe to be the first nationally coordinated MRI-PET network anywhere in the world.

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Dementias Platform UK launches unparalleled resource for dementias research

Published date: 20th October 2015

The Dementias Platform UK has today launched their Data Portal – a secure research environment, using the latest privacy preserving methods to provide researchers with high quality information and tools to facilitate collaborative research.

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Scientists draw up data ‘wish-list’ as wearable technology plays prominent role in world-first dementias research project

Published date: 14th October 2015

Researchers from across the public and private sector gathered in Manchester recently to help scope out the development of a revolutionary new data hub that will accelerate research into dementia, a disease which directly affects 670,000 people in the UK.

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New Deputy Director of DPUK announced

Published date: 30th September 2015

The new Deputy Director of the Dementias Platform UK has been announced as Professor Carol Brayne, from the University of Cambridge. Carol, an existing member of the Executive Team, will hold the position for one year, as the role rotates amongst the academic members on an annual basis.

 

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Dementias Platform UK Publishes first Annual Report

Published date: 21st September 2015

To mark World Alzheimer’s Day, the Dementias Platform UK has today published its first Annual Report. The report highlights the first year of the Platform, looking at key successes, progress of Work Packages and the establishment of three Research Networks for Imaging, Informatics and Stem Cells. It also features the Experimental Medicine Programme, which encourages scientific innovation and collaboration between a range of partners. In addition, the report gives an overview of the Data Portal, which will bring together data from over 30 well-characterised UK cohorts and will be launched by the end of October, providing an unparalleled resource for dementias researchers.

 

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Dementias Platform UK Newsletter

Published date: 26th August 2015

This month the DPUK have designed our first newsletter which you can find here. Highlights include stories on;

  • Prime Minister’s 2020 Dementia Challenge
  • DPUK Launch
  • Experimental Medicine
  • In Focus: DPUK data security

 

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DPUK at the Farr Institute Conference on 26 August

Published date: 26th August 2015

The Dementias Platform UK Informatics work package will be represented today at the Farr Institute Conference in St Andrews. Karen Tingay and Simon Ellwood-Thompson from Swansea University will be presenting a poster explaining how they will bring together the data from over 30 cohorts for the DPUK Data Portal.

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DPUK makes its first award for Experimental Medicine project

Published date: 17th August 2015

We are delighted to announce the first award has now been made to Professor Ian Deary at the University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, read here about how to DPUK is recognising significant milestones in our research.

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Parliament publishes update on efforts undertaken to tackle dementia by improving diagnosis, care and research

Published date: 12th August 2015

Read here about the briefing paper published by Parliament outlining the work that the Government, NHS and other statutory bodies’ are undertaking to improve dementia diagnosis, care and support and research.

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Dementias Platform UK supports landmark 69-year study which aims to identify early signs of dementia

Published date: 13th July 2015

Read about how DPUK is proud to have supported the ground-breaking Medical Research Council (MRC) study that has been following the same group of people since their birth in March 1946 that has helped identify the vital risk factors and early signs of dementia.

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Postdoctoral position in PET-MR quantification in Lyon (France)

Published date: 10th June 2015

There is an excellent training opportunity for a postdoc for 18 month to work on an existing PET-MR installation while DPUK gets going at the CERMEP in Lyon, France.

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‘Big data’ in practice: Canada and the UK join forces on dementia research

Published date: 20th April 2015

The MRC Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) has joined forces today with the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) in a transatlantic effort to share data and research expertise in the fight to better understand, treat and prevent dementia.

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New approach to accelerate dementia research

Published date: 20th April 2015

MRC brings industry and academia together in new approach to accelerate dementias research.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has launched the UK Dementias Research Platform (UKDP), a £16 million public-private partnership set up to speed up research into dementias.

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Dementias Platform UK DFP Feasibility Study – First Patient

Published date: 20th April 2015

We are pleased to announce the first patient has been screened and imaged for the Deep and Frequent Phenotyping (DFP) Feasibility study for the MRC Dementias Platform UK.

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MRC’s Dementias Platform UK supports new European research initiative for the prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia

Published date: 20th April 2015

EPAD, the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia Consortium will follow in the footsteps of the MRC’s Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), with a collaborative approach to beating dementias.

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David Cameron sets out a new, long-term strategy focused on raising public awareness about dementia

Published date: 21st February 2015

On February 21 2015 the Prime Minister published a new report detailing how his Government was committed to boosting research and raising awareness about dementia – read how the DPUK is contributing to this ground breaking change.

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Brain Scanner to aid dementia Research

Published date: 28th October 2014

A high tech scanner could enable scientists to develop better treatments for dementia and other brain conditions. The new equipment – the first of its kind in Scotland – will give scientists the clearest picture yet of what goes wrong in the brain when dementia occurs.

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MRI-PET scanner will enable new insights into dementia

Published date: 28th October 2014

Imperial will install a new MRI-PET scanner in collaboration with Imanova, as part of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Dementias Platform UK (DPUK).

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A powerhouse for dementia research

Published date: 27th October 2014

On 27 October 2014, the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) held a Ministerial Reception at the Royal Society, London. Unique in its field, DPUK is a UK powerhouse for dementias research, designed to fast-track scientific understanding, treatments and the prevention of the disease.

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Dementias Platform UK: A powerhouse for dementia research

Published date: 27th October 2014

A ground-breaking, multimillion pound collaboration between industry and academia, set up by the Medical Research Council, will hold its inaugural conference on 28th October 2014.

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UK researchers unite to defeat dementia

Published date: 20th April 2014

A new dementia research resource, Dementias Platform UK (DPUK), is a collaborative project between the Medical Research Council, several universities and industry that will place the UK at the forefront of research into dementia treatment and prevention.

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Dementias Research Platform UK: The Medical Research Council’s new plan to tackle dementia

Published date: 20th April 2014

The Dementias Research Platform UK (DPUK) is a £50 million investment, funded mainly by the Medical Research Council alongside six other partner companies.

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